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Hamas Says Will Call Truce in Return for IDF Pullout

A senior official of the militant Hamas organization said Tuesday that the group would stop attacks on Israelis if it had guarantees of a gradual IDF withdrawal from Palestinian territory. Meanwhile, IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya’alon told a Knesset committee earlier in the day that he believed a Palestinian truce would take hold within days, but warned that he was not sure whether it would hold. Hamas official Ismail Abu Shanab, in an interview with ABC’s “Nightline” program, said the United States should give the Palestinians assurances about the outcome of the road map process. Asked if Hamas would stop attacks during negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, he said: “Definitely yes… We are ready to offer it at any time if there is a guarantee that those preliminary steps will be taken as part of a full or wide-scale withdrawal, and not the final steps. Full Story

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