Israel Rejects 6 Month Gaza Truce
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Israel's rejection of a 6 month truce in the Gaza by Hamas, certainly will not play well in the international stage. Rejection may be seen by Hamas to say to the world "We tried for Peace and were rejected" . Hopefully Israel does not regret this decison in that it can be a desirable step on both sides to have a semblence of normalcy in a decades old conflict, even if for 6 months for citizens to live another day.
Israel snubs Hamas offer of six-month Gaza truceDan Williams, ReutersPublished: 11 minutes ago
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel dismissed on Friday a Hamas proposal for a six-month Gaza Strip truce during which an embargo on the territory would be lifted, saying the Palestinian Islamists wanted to prepare for more fighting rather than peace.
The Hamas offer, issued on Thursday following talks with Egyptian mediators, departed from previous demands by the group that any ceasefire apply simultaneously in Gaza and the occupied West Bank -- the territories where Palestinians want statehood.
Hamas said Egypt would raise the truce idea with Israel next week and that it expected a more binding Israeli decision then.