Saw this headline on Google New:
Hamas rules out setting up specific date for truce declarationWhat caught my eye is the "18-month" timeline mentioned for the truce. What's the point of a limited-duration truce? Is the implication that upon the expiration of the truce, hostilities will resume? After all, didn't the current spate of hostilities happen coincidentally as the last "Egyptian-brokered truce" expired?
GAZA, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) officials Saturday ruled out setting up a specific date for declaring an 18-month Egyptian-brokered truce with Israel.
A limited truce with an organization bent upon your destruction seems little more than a coordinated re-armament period.
Of course, given the region's history, perhaps interspersing 18-month periods of peace with a couple weeks of intense violence (on both sides) is the best that can be hoped for. Better that than the reverse.
- David Barrett