Ceasefire from Palestinians

November 25, 2006

Mahmoud Abbas announced that Palestinian militants will stop firing rockets into Israel on Sunday. The announcement comes after Hamas leader Mashaal gave the international community six months to reach “real political horizons.”

The consequent announcement by Abbas signals a cooperation between Fatah and Hamas, as well as underlines Hamas’ influence.

It is also reason for concern: if a peace deal is not close to completion at the end of May 2007, Hamas may exercise its threat of initiating a third intifada.

Israel has accepted the ceasefire and has promised to end its violence if the Palestinians go ahead with their promise. The ceasefire goes into effect Sunday morning.

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