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June 03, 2003

IDF chief sees Palestinian cease-fire within days

Am I overly cynical when I see this as more smoke and mirrors? I would believe this were I to see active measures taken to round up weapons possessed by terror groups. After all, a ceasefire is often granted so both sides can retrieve their dead and wounded in war. And then the killing resumes.
A ceasefire agreement will be achieved within days between the Palestinian Authority government and terror organizations, IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee on Tuesday. But Ya'alon added that it was unclear how long the truce would hold.

"A chance exists to end the violent confrontation that erupted in September 2000, but we should not expect an end to
the conflict with the Palestinians at this stage," Ya'alon said.

He told the committe that Hamas appeared ready to accept the demand by Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and his new government, for a temporary end to terror, largely as a result of public pressure and recognition of its weakness as a result of the army's success in battling terror. Hamas leaders, he said, believe that rejection of a ceasefire could result in a break with the Palestinian leadership and they do not desire a civil war.

Ya'alon added that there were still parties whowere interested in fomenting terror, including Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat and parties supporting terror groups from outside the territories (like Iran, terror groups in
Damascus, and Hezbollah). He said, however, there were initial signs indicating that the PA has begun to fight terror organizations in the Gaza Strip. [more]