There is no doubt that Hamas has played this game well.They have kept the ceasefire,bought the suits,travelled the second tier world,been true to their people and stood firm against Israel's and the western world's unsympathetic stand. For Israel they are rightly afraid.Yes they have the armaments and the strength for war and G-d knows whether they actually have the will for peace,but what is legit is the fear of getting soft. Can Israel afford to trust Hamas? With their history and their charter I would say no. But that doesnt mean they should have been stupid enough not to speak to Hamas. The Bush mantra "we dont talk to terrorists' has backfired politically with world opinion going against the good guys. Hamas is not Al Qaida and Israel should have taken the open route with Hamas attacking its position openly to them and being honest about its own. Yes there are internal Israeli issues regarding the Land and why it should be held but still Israel would be farther ahead now.
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Attempted stabbing reported near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs; assailant shot at scene (Haaretz)
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