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NEWS: Palestinian Militants Adhere to Truce

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posted on Feb, 13 2005 @ 04:04 AM
Hamas and Islamic Jihad have said that they are honoring a truce with Israel, even though they have not committed to an "official ceasefire." Israel has agreed to return more than fifty Palestinians who had been exiled in the Gaza Strip and Europe. Israel has also agreed to return control of Jericho and five other West Bank towns over the next three weeks. Hamas is responsible for many suicide attacks that have killed hundreds of Israelis and on Thursday they prepared to strike the Gaza Strip with mortars and rockets.

The Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad said Saturday they were adhering to a de facto truce with Israel, but stopped short of committing to the official cease-fire that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon agreed on at their summit.

Israel agreed to repatriate about 55 Palestinians it deported to the Gaza Strip and Europe on terror accusations. The majority were exiled after a month long siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002.

In fast-paced moves to cement the truce, Israel said it will transfer control of the West Bank town of Jericho to Palestinians this coming week. As part of the cease-fire, Israel has pledged to return five West Bank towns _ the others are Tulkarem, Qalqiliya, Bethlehem and Ramallah _ to Palestinian control within three weeks.

Leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad met Saturday with Abbas, who is trying to keep the fragile cease-fire intact and end more than four years of fighting.

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We can only hope that the Palestinians and the Israelis can move closer and closer to peaceful relations. We have to recognize that there are millions of individuals around the world who are reluctant to accept a Jewish state in the Middle East. It would be very encouraging if the Palestinians would resist pressure from outside in order to insure their own peace and prosperity in harmony with Israel.

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posted on Feb, 13 2005 @ 04:15 AM
I just hope that the agreements do not break down if a single bad incident occurs as it has in the past.

posted on Feb, 14 2005 @ 02:33 PM
Peace in the middle East would go a long way towards ensuring peace in the world.

Hopefully, this will allow Americans to look at crises in America. These crises are happening here and now - like the attack on American civil liberties to protect "corporate rights." Our democracy is being dismantled while we're distracted by "international events." Time to pay attention.

For example:

Wal-Mart is facing legal troubles on several fronts, from organized opposition. Critics say Wal-Mart subsidizes its business with Food Stamp, Medicaid and other government programs, and bypasses laws that protect employees. Announced today: details of the settlement agreement negotiated by the Bush administration for a Wal-Mart labor dispute. The company was charged with child labor law violations and allowing minors to use dangerous machinery, including chain saws, forklifts, and cardboard balers. Under the federally negotiated settlement, Wal-Mart will pay only $135,540 to settle charges of 24 child labor law violations in 3 states. The agreement also prevents future "wage and hour" Labor Department inspections without 15 days prior notice. On another front, Wal-Mart is facing a class action discrimination lawsuit by 1.6 million American women. If it passes, the so-called "Class Action Fairness Act" now before Congress will prevent this and future class action lawsuits from getting to court. In addition, Bush's budget proposals remove Wal-Mart's "hidden" government subsidies - with cut-backs to needed programs - leaving employees with below poverty level wages, no benefits and no back-up.

US Government Assists Wal-Mart



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