Hamas Signals It Would Agree to a Lull in Fighting with Israel

[Ha'aretz] Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff and Yoav Stern - Hamas has signaled to Israel, through various interlocutors, that it would agree to a tahdiye (lull) in the fighting in Gaza, even though there is still no agreement within the radical Islamist group about such an option. Hamas is trying to reach agreement with other radical groups in Gaza to halt rocket and mortar attacks against Israel. A source close to former Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said, "the tahdiye must include an opening of the border crossings for the passage of goods and people, and the lifting of the economic embargo on Gaza." He explained that "a tahdiye is different from a hudna (cease-fire). The meaning is that a tahdiye will be of short duration, only a few months, and not a hudna which may be a temporary solution, but can be the start of a longer diplomatic framework."

2008-01-02 01:00:00

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