This is not between Lakshmi and you, so why to be so personal? It's about Israeli policy toward Hammas. Israel cannot accept a truce proposal from an organization that does not recognize it. It is also an oxymoron. How can you have truce with someone who does not exist? Hamas can declare however a unilatteral truce, stop shelling Quassams and smuggling arms and Israel will stop targetting the crews as they are inactive. Also, by negotiating with Hamas Israel would undermine Abbas. If there is a partner for peace among the Palestinians it ain't Hamas.
Shira Banki, Jerusalem stabbing victim, to be laid to rest at 6:30 P.M. at Kibbutz Nahshon (Haaretz)
from the article: Hamas renews call for cease-fire with Israel