In Islamic law, truces are not meant to last. They are called when the Muslim fighters are weak and need to regroup, and Hamas may be considering that they might have bitten off more than they can chew here militarily. An update on this story. “Gaza violence: Hamas declares ceasefire with Israel,” from BBC News, April 7:
Islamist group Hamas says it has brokered a deal for Gaza’s militant groups to stop firing on Israel, after another day of violent exchanges.
Hamas, which governs Gaza, said the truce was designed to stop an escalation of Israeli “aggression”.
They just hit a school bus with an anti-tank missile and they’re talking about avoiding escalations of aggression. What are they smuggling in those tunnels? It may be causing some short-term memory loss.
The militant wing of Hamas earlier hit an Israeli bus with an anti-tank shell, injuring two people.
As opposed to the pacifist wing?
Israeli forces replied with air strikes and tank fire, killing four and wounding 30, Palestinian doctors say.
The bus attack was condemned by the US, which said it was particularly concerned by reports that the Gaza militants had used an advanced anti-tank weapon to target civilians.
The bus had been dropping off schoolchildren near the Nahal Oz kibbutz, and was carrying only one passenger when it was hit, Israeli medical sources said.
A 16-year-old boy suffered a serious head wound and was taken to hospital for surgery.
After the attack, witnesses said more rockets and mortars were fired from the Gaza Strip. […]
Later, the Hamas Interior Ministry announced it had been in talks to broker a truce, saying: “We received a positive response from most of the factions.”
The ministry did not announce which groups had refused the truce.