Israel Confirms Gaza Truce to Take Effect Thursday

[Jerusalem Post ] Yaakov Katz, Khaled Abu Toameh and Herb Keinon - Israeli defense officials confirmed Wednesday that a cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza will go into effect at 6 a.m. on Thursday. The truce is dependent on the cessation of Kassam rockets fired from Gaza, according to Amos Gilad, the head of the Defense Ministry's Diplomatic-Security Bureau. In an interview with Army Radio Wednesday, Gilad threatened that "if [firing of rockets] continues, it will constitute a violation of the cease-fire...regardless of where the Kassams come from, from Hamas or Islamic Jihad." Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baiditz, head of Military Intelligence's Research Division, cautioned the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday, "Even if the calm is achieved with Hamas and the other terror organizations, it will be temporary and breakable."

2008-06-18 01:00:00

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