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Analysis: Israel, Hamas Take Tough Line on Truce

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posted on Jan, 9 2009 @ 03:30 PM
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Analysis: Israel, Hamas Take Tough Line on Truce


www.examiner.com

JERUSALEM (Map, News) - Israel will drive a hard bargain to halt its offensive in the Gaza Strip, with no truce deal likely unless it crushes Hamas' ability to launch rockets and smuggle in weapons.

For Hamas, the sticking point is the opening of Gaza's borders - something that could cement the Islamic militant group's rule in the impoverished territory.

Despite protests abroad about the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, the Israeli incursion has overwhelming backing in Israel, where
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posted on Jan, 9 2009 @ 03:30 PM
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In the wake of the failure of a U.N. attempt to bring about a cease-fire in Gaza, this analysis includes the conditions under which a cease-fire might be agreed to. For Hamas, the opening of the Gaza borders, which have been closed by Israel, and the recognition of its position as a legitimate authority in the region are key. The U.N. resolution did not include these elements in its proposed resolution.

For Israel, the most important elements are ending the rocket attacks on southern Israel and ending the flow of weapons into the area.

In yesterday's U.N. cease-fire resolution, more of Israel's demands were being met than Hamas's, but neither side agreed to it and the fighting continues.

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posted on Jan, 9 2009 @ 03:40 PM
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Only one can survive. Hamas stays in power through fundamental Islam, the destruction of Israel, and the presence of power/defense over the Palestinian people. No truce is possible because first Israel still exists, second the westernization of the Gaza strip, and third the Palestinians lack for a bunch of armed thugs. It is in the best interest of Hamas to keep the struggle alive, all the while waiting for the rest of the Middle East to engage in a war against Israel.



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