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Hamas says Gaza cease-fire agreement reached with Israel

June 18, 2008

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— The Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas militant group said Tuesday it has reached a cease-fire with Israel meant to halt a cycle of deadly Palestinian rocket attacks that rained hundreds of rockets on Israel in the past year and Israeli reprisals that have killed hundreds of Palestinians.

The accord, set to go into effect at 6 a.m. Thursday (10 p.m. CDT today), has the bigger aim of ending Israel's yearlong economic blockade of Gaza and bringing home a captive Israeli soldier.

But the phased approach is prone to pitfalls, and past truces have quickly broken down. Israel cautiously promised a "new reality" if the rocket fire ends.

The announcement capped months of Egyptian-brokered negotiations that have been repeatedly marred by violence. The deal was first announced in Cairo by Egypt's state-run news agency and quickly confirmed by Hamas. However, Hamas said it would respond to any Israeli attacks.

Underscoring the fragile situation, Israeli aircraft attacked three targets in southern Gaza, killing six Palestinian militants, Gaza medical officials said. In response, Palestinian militants fired seven rockets into Israel, the Israeli military said.

Still, after months of fighting, both sides seemed interested in a period of calm.

Israel wants to halt the incessant rocket and mortar attacks on its southern communities that have killed seven Israelis over the past year. Israeli reprisals have killed more than 400 Palestinians, many of them civilians, according to an Associated Press tally based on figures from hospital officials.

Israel also wants an end to Hamas arms smuggling into Gaza from Egypt, and the return of Cpl. Gilad Schalit, the Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants in a cross-border raid two years ago.

Hamas wants Israel to lift its crippling blockade of Gaza, which has led to widespread shortages of fuel, electricity and basic goods. Israel imposed the sanctions after Hamas violently seized control of Gaza last year, and has tightened the blockade recently in response to increased rocket fire.

Gaza Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said all the armed factions in Gaza are on board with the truce. Speaking after another Hamas official outlined details of the truce at a news conference, Zahar said Hamas will not put down its weapons, because he did not believe Israel would implement the cease-fire. "We don't trust them, but let's see," he said.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday that no deal was in place yet. "It is too soon to announce a truce, and even when it begins, if it does, it is hard to evaluate how long it would last," he said, adding, "The Israeli military is ready for any development."

Past informal cease-fires with Hamas, most recently in November 2006, lasted only for several weeks. They were never formally signed because Hamas and Israel do not recognize each other. Israel and the Palestinians declared a truce in February 2005. Hamas, which killed scores of Israelis in suicide bombings, largely abided by the cease-fire until June 2006.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

"Israel wants to halt the incessant rocket and mortar attacks on its southern communities that have killed seven Israelis over the past year. Israeli reprisals have killed more than 400 Palestinians, many of them civilians, according to an Associated Press tally based on figures from hospital officials."Is this what's called "asymmetric warfare?"

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

If you volunteer to stand in front of a Palestinian bulldozer, you got a deal, madmike. Oops, Palestinians don't have bulldozers, do they?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

"What is the Jewish ancestral homeland?"If you go back far enough, it's Israel/Palestine, which they have shared with many semitic peoples for millennia. But some, such as screed, don't want any of their semitic brethren anywhere near their sandbox.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

No, girlfriend, that's not what the policy states. Just because your bud got busted for repeatedly plugging his own 'forum' (which is part of your odious 'forum') doesn't mean all links are violations, IMHO.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

"shared?"Yes, given the general lack of civility on all sides in that region, it was a poor word choice.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

So you're recommending that the remaining Palestinians (or would you prefer cockroaches?) in Gaza and the West Bank should be exterminated if they choose not to either assimilate into a Jewish state (would circumcision be a prerequisite?) or abandon their ancestral homelands.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

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Bossa_Nova 6 years, 2 months ago

yo screed, about your attempt to compare missourians buying our homes to the israeli/palestinian thing, well, um dude, the israelis didnt "buy" anything from the palestinians. the took it by force. big difference there bud. and about hamas wanting peace, prosperity, etc. i could care less about what hamas wants. theyre idiots and are playing israel's game. as soon as someone physically seperates the israelis and palestinians where they cant attack one another, after a generation of peace and economic growth for both, hamas and right wing israelis who are the two major catalysts in all the animosity will whither away and be on the fringe. everybody else will have moved on. just think about it real hard without letting prejudiced ideas get in the way.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

Your comparison of Missouri/Kansas to this situation is inaccurate if you don't include that the Missourians would establish their own government after buying up Kansas property.

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oldvet 6 years, 2 months ago

It could also just be called "better shots"...So Hamas has signed a peace accord... I'll put the over/under line for Hamas to break it at July 1, 2008... place your bets...

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oldvet 6 years, 2 months ago

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Bossa_Nova 6 years, 2 months ago

the only way to stop bloodshed over there is to take the arms away from both parties and physically seperate them. if we can do that, after a few generations of economic growth and prosperity and peace, neither side would see violence as a solution. and those few people who do, would be castigated by the other members of society. economic prosperity will cause both sides to value the stability of their lives even more. if the people over there have nothing to live for, the vicious cycle will continue.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

What is your point, screed? Should the US Govt give the Seminoles a few F-16's so they can protect their borders by bombing Miami?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

"It could also just be called "better shots":"It's pretty easy to be "better shots" when you get $billions in US weaponry every year.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

"I'm a terrorism hater."Good, then we can agree that both Israel and the Palestinians should be condemned equally for engaging in it.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

It's nothing but tit-for-tat terrorism from both sides, screedposter.And as long as any action by Israel is viewed by the US Govt as heroic self-defense, and any actions by Palestinians as terrorism, the violence will never stop.Unfortunately, as long as Israel kills 40 Palestinians for each Israeli killed-- the current ratio-- and the weapons industries here and in Israel are making billions off of this conflict, the violence will never stop.

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Daytrader23 6 years, 2 months ago

Lets not forget the Jews came from Egypt, So did the Palestinians and so did the rest of human kind for that matter. It's undisputed that the earliest man came from Africa, so we are all from there. So why are we fighting over who was where first? Why can't we just be Humans. Okay let all the right wing, left wing attacks on this statement of why we should be separate begin. Silly humans.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

"just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says:Wow, lots of posts removed. I must have stepped on someone's sacred cow."Is that what the word on the street is?

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Bossa_Nova 6 years, 2 months ago

most people would see the issue a lot differently if they werent basing their biased opinions and fingerpointing on what they were taught in sunday schoolwe all agree it was horrendous and unacceptable when germany attacked its neighbors and started ethnically cleansing to create a greater homeland for the german people. but how many people would be ok with it if the bible said the germans were a special, chosen group of people and they were entitled to those lands and it was ok to ethnically cleanse the non-germans? just think about it.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

What fight? Are you claiming, in addition to your special semantic knowledge of the word, to have a special spelling, as well?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow, lots of posts removed. I must have stepped on someone's sacred cow.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 2 months ago

And by gosh, those Kansans would either love it or leave it, right, screed?"millenia, a word which I, unlike bozo, know the meaning of."Perhaps you should learn to spell it, if you're going to brag about this special talent.

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