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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

"Hamas maintains ceasefire," Ha'aretz, July 8, 2008.

...from TOI-Billboard, the ezine of The Other Israel. and Occupation Magazine.

Hamas has kept its commitment thus far. Islamic Jihad broke it after Israel killed a few of its members in the West Bank; it then adopted the cease-fire again. The latest Qassam was reportedly fired by a Fatah-affiliated group, which apparently strived to undermine belief in Hamas` ability to control things on the ground. Alongside all this, Hamas` public effort to fully keep its commitment is evident.

Haaretz Editorial 08/07/2008

The Qassams that have continued to land in Israel since the cease-fire agreement have given rise to the feeling that the cease-fire is about to collapse.

Personal security, the main objective of the cease-fire, is still lacking in Sderot and its environs. The Israel Defense Forces is already recommending responding with force to the Qassam strikes. If it emerges the Palestinian side is incapable of keeping its commitments, it is possible that in the near future the Israeli government will once again ponder a military attack on the Gaza Strip.

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