The hudna is never intended to last, and can be called only when it is in the jihadists’ interest to take a break, regroup, and re-arm. “Gaza militant groups agree Israel ceasefire, says Hamas,” from BBC News, March 26:
Militant groups in Gaza say they will agree to a ceasefire if Israel stops attacks on the Palestinian territory.
The move was announced by the Hamas group that runs Gaza following a meeting between its leaders and insurgent groups.
In the past week at least 10 Palestinians, including several civilians and children, have been killed by Israeli attacks.
Never mind Hamas’ track record of actively positioning their military assets to put civilians in harm’s way for propaganda purposes. They are also known to inflate civilian casualties, all the more to downplay their losses of jihadist personnel.
In the same period, militants have fired 80 rockets and mortar shells.
BBC Gaza correspondent Jon Donnison says the past week has seen some of the most serious violence in and around Gaza since the end of Operation Cast Lead – Israel’s major offensive here more than two years ago.
But in a statement released after a meeting with all militant groups in Gaza, Hamas said the insurgents were “committed to calm as long as the occupation (Israel) commits to it”.
Khader Habib, an Islamic Jihad leader, told Agence France-Presse that “everybody confirmed that they respect the national consensus by calming things with the Zionist enemy”.
He added that the truce depended “on the nature of Israeli behaviour, and we insist on the need to respond immediately to each escalation by the occupiers”….