Hamas ordered to cease attacks on Israel and Israel prepares to attack Hamas (Gaza). Deja vu? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 29.12.11 | 12:08 (IST)

    "In July 2002, Israel moved quickly to avert yet another political catastrophe. With assistance from European diplomats, militant Palestinian organizations, including Hamas, reached an accord to suspend all attacks inside Israel, perhaps paving the way for a return to the negotiating table. Just 90 minutes before it was to be announced, however, Israeli leaders - fully apprised of the imminent declaration - ordered an F-16 to drop a one-ton bomb on a densely-populated civilian neighborhood in Gaza, killing, alongside a Hamas leader, 11 children and five others, and injuring 140. Predictably, the declaration was scrapped and Palestinian terrorist attacks resumed with a vengeance. "What is the wisdom here?" a Meretz party leader asked the Knesset. "At the very moment that it appeared that we were on the brink of a chance for reaching something of a cease-fire, or diplomatic activity, we always go back to this experience - just when there is a period of calm, we liquidate."" http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/article.php?ar=10&pg=4

    from the article: Hamas forces ordered to cease attacks on Israeli targets, Palestinian sources say
    First published 01:23 29.12.11 | Last updated 01:23 29.12.11
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