Sunday, June 29, 2003

" 'We have accepted a conditional ceasefire for three months,' said Mohammed al-Hindi." The Observer.
The Militants are just that: Militants, not nihilists and not Al Qaeda. Their policy is radical and unforgiving, but smart. Is the ceasefire, as many Israelis say, a hoax? I think more likely Hamas is just upping the ante and calling Sharon's bluff. If he deals and betrays the settlers, which he should do, it will be because he is as practical and calculating as Hamas and Hezbollah. But he faces less internal pressure to settle than they do. Israeli's still don't understand what the occupation means.

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