The Hamas government wants a ceasefire with Israel and is willing to ask Palestinian militants to stop firing rockets from Gaza into the Jewish state, a spokesman said on Thursday.The terrorists have been firing mortars and rockets into Israel on a regular basis over the entire time since Hamas came into power. The increase in attacks came as a response to Israel eliminating several terrorist leaders, and in response to an alleged artillery strike that killed Palestinian civilians. That attack on a Gaza beach appears to have been caused by the Palestinians themselves, not Israel.
But Ghazi Hamad said Israel had to first stop military activity in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
The Islamic militant group scrapped a 16-month truce with Israel last Friday and soon after launched a barrage of makeshift rockets at the Jewish state from Gaza.
"I spoke today with the prime minister and he said we definitely want quiet everywhere. We are interested in a ceasefire everywhere," Hamad, speaking in Hebrew, said in an interview on Israel Radio.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Hamas needs a strategic break in the action to regroup and rearm. They want to call a 'ceasefire.' Israel shouldn't fall for this trick, for that is precisely what it is. Every time a ceasefire is called, it only serves to extend the conflict not shorten it. Time is not on Hamas' side, and they know it.