Mofaz: Israel to Offer Ceasefire to PA

(Maariv-Hebrew) Amir Rapaport - Israel will propose a renewed ceasefire to the new PA government, Mofaz told Rumsfeld on Monday. According to an analysis by Israeli security sources, Abu Ala is interested in a ceasefire as occurred under Abu Mazen. Hamas leaders in Gaza also appear ready to cease attacks. Mofaz told the Americans that Israel has already sent a message to the Palestinians that it is willing to "give Abu Ala a chance." However, Israel fears intervention by two sources that could disturb the quiet: Arafat, who may undercut Abu Ala as he did Abu Mazen; and the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Damascus who are pressing for continued attacks.

2003-11-11 00:00:00

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