Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 11, 2008
Israel is demanding that a formal calm with Hamas be preceded by a 30-day “feeling the pulse” period, the London-based daily Al-Quds al-Arabi reported Tuesday.
According to the newspaper, the demand was presented to Egyptian officials by Amos Gilad, who heads the Defense Ministry’s Diplomatic-Security Bureau.
The report quoted a “senior Palestinian source” as saying that if the 30-day period proves successful, Israel will assent to the Egyptian calm initiative, including the cessation of ground and air attacks in the Gaza Strip and refraining from retaliating for the terror attack at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva last week.
Hamas spokesman in Gaza, Aiman Taha, told Al-Hayyat that the organizations still maintains that the calm should be mutual, simultaneous and all-inclusive. He said that Hamas’s conditions included extending the calm to the West Bank, opening the border passes and ceasing assassination of Palestinian targets.
I must say I do not understand why this is so hard to agree to. Just stop fighting for 30 days, don’t do anything that will lead to violence on either side…
It’s not even a unilateral deal, it’s bilateral thing, no-one is loosing face… and still they can’t do it. Silly Babies.