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'Hamas accepts cease-fire for tactical reasons

The willingness expressed by Hamas to stop its attacks inside Israel is no more than a “temporary tactic,” according to a memo prepared by top officials in the Palestinian Authority security services. The document aims to analyze the Hamas’s real motives in the Cairo talks on attaining a cease-fire, scheduled to resume next week, and offers a glimpse into the way the PA currently views the Hamas. According to the memo, Hamas aspires to replace the Fatah as the dominant political party in the PA, and take over the PLO’s institutions, but prefers to do so by peaceful means, rather than through violent clashes with the PA and Fatah. The introduction to the document says Hamas attacks, and particularly suicide bombings, always have political purposes. That is the explanation for the first suicide bombings, which the document says came as a result of the original Cairo agreement that allowed the PA into the territories. Later, in March 1996, says the document, the Hamas used terrorism to bring the Likud to power and disrupt the Oslo agreements. Full Story

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