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Palestinian FM predicts Hamas ceasefire after Gaza pull-out

Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath predicted that the radical Islamist movement Hamas would call a ceasefire once Israel implements its pledge to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. “Our hope is that once there is a withdrawal from Gaza there will be a real ceasefire,” Shaath told Israeli public radio on Thursday. Hamas “will be fully committed” to respecting such a ceasefire while the Palestinian security forces “will punish violators without going to total war”. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said he had plans to evacuate all the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip as part of a package of unilateral measures. Full Story

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