Hamas May Offer Unconditional “Hudna”

There are reports that Hamas leaders are discussing the possibility of offering Israel an unconditional “hudna”– cease fire. An anonymous Hamas official claims “discussions over the ‘hudna’ have resurfaced in a serious manner, both within Hamas and between Hamas and other Palestinian factions. We hope the discussions will prove successful.” Talks revolve around offering a no conditional cease fire which would be respected by both sides. However, in an interview with the Kuswait newspaper, A-RRai, Hamas representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, insisted Hamas was still opposed to any peace agreement with Israel. Israel government officials still maintain its nation will not halt military action against Hamas until all rocket attacks cease and warn against being tricked by Hamas in order for its forces to replenish weapons during a cease fire.

The mistrust between Hamas and Israel makes difficult any opportunity to engage in serious discussions. A fundamental mistake was failure to invite Hamas to the Annapolis conference. Hamas must be at meetings which include representatives of Arab nations, many of whom are sick and tired of the entire Israel -Palestinian conflict and want a resolution. It is the Arab nations which must silence Hamas, not Israel. That is the ongoing mistake of Israel foreign policy.

  • journeyer58

    In this time and space, it may be impossible to have the people necessary to stop the madness in the Middle East. We have had at our fingertips, the means to stop the fighting in Israel and Palestine, but for lack of wisdom and trust, the governments of Israel and Palestine could not come to agreement about the means to control the insurgency and the Islamic Fighters who want Israel gone from the face of the planet.
    How are we, the Americans, who have wantonly backed the Israeli government in their quest for peace, to come to the table with Hamas and Islamic Jihad? Both these organizations, wish nothing more than the total destruction of Israel.
    Can there be peace with a two state solution, which by the way, from the progressive point of view, and also those who actually know the situation, is nothing more than a glorified apartheid?

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    This is not the first time in history when two opposing groups wish to destroy one another. In South Africa, after two hundred years of oppression, black South Africans and whites came together to create the basis for peace. The Irish ended their 200 year struggle against England within the past two years. There can be a viable two state solution that is the FIRST STEP in a long process of reconciliation. The first step is always the one most dangerous to both sides.