Hamas confesses that cease fires are a tactic

AP/Washington Post:

The chief of Hamas said Saturday that the Palestinian militant group would accept an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire with Israel but it would be a "tactic" in the group's struggle with the Jewish state.

Khaled Mashaal, the Damascus-based Hamas leader, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera television that Egypt had proposed a six-month truce between the Hamas rulers of Gaza and Israel. He said his group was ready to cooperate but added: "It is a tactic in conducting the struggle ... It is normal for any resistance ... to sometimes escalate, other times retreat a bit. ... Hamas is known for that. In 2003, there was a cease-fire and then the operations were resumed."

He warned of an explosion of violence in Gaza if Israel rejects the truce.


An explosion of violence in Gaza where no Israelis are sounds like a self destructive threat. Even if he mean that Hamas will strikeout more at Israel, it is still a self destructive threat. It is pretty clear that what ever Hamas agrees to at this time will be done if bad faith.


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