Ceasefire in Gaza

[Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University] Shlomo Brom - Hamas is interested in a comprehensive ceasefire, binding on the West Bank as well as Gaza, because it wants to halt Israeli pressure on its West Bank units. For Israel this is a red line, because a cessation of Israel's activity in the West Bank would allow the rebuilding of a terror infrastructure that could be directed at Israel at Hamas' convenience. The proximity of the West Bank to key areas in Israel prohibits any Israeli flexibility in this regard. The building of a Hamas infrastructure for manufacturing rockets in the West Bank would create an intolerable reality for Israel. Cessation of Israeli activity would also allow Hamas to build an organizational and military infrastructure that could eventually overcome Abbas' forces and take control of the West Bank, as it did in Gaza.

2008-05-16 01:00:00

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