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October 26, 2003
Hamas Says It's Ready to Renew Talks

I'll bet they are:

Hamas said Sunday it is ready to talk to the Palestinian prime minister about halting attacks on Israelis, even though the Islamic militant group participated in a deadly attack on a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip two days earlier. ... Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, who took office on Oct. 5, has repeatedly said that he wants to reach a cease-fire in hopes of ending more than three years of fighting between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel has said, however, it will not begin negotiations until all Palestinian security forces are placed under one command and begin cracking down on militants.

Until the Palestinian Authority agrees to consolidate all security forces under a single government control -- in other words, no Fatah, no al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, etc -- and start taking police and/or military action against terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Israel won't benefit from any cease-fire. I especially noted this strange sentence from the AP:

A unilateral truce declared by militants on June 29 was negotiated through back channels, without the involvement of Abbas, and broke down several weeks later in a burst of violence.

It was a truce that the Israelis honored until Hamas blew up 21 people on a bus, not in a generic "burst of violence". Why can't the AP and Reuters report specific facts?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 26, 2003 4:37 PM

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