With truce, Israel talks to Hamas and Islamic Jihad
The significance of the cease-fire is that Israel has recognized militant groups as an inseparable part of the Palestinian polity.
The cease-fire agreement doesn’t give Hamas any victory photos or immediate gains. Though Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah and Hamas representative Izzat al-Rishq both heaped praise yesterday on the Palestinians’ heroism and their ability to stand fast against the Israeli army, Shalah listed the war’s achievements as “keeping the Palestinian problem from being forgotten,”...
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