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    A rather pertinent fact that seems to have been left out of the official story:

    WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (IPS) - Contrary to Israel's argument that it was forced to launch its air and ground offensive against Gaza in order to stop the firing of rockets into its territory, Hamas proposed in mid-December to return to the original Hamas-Israel ceasefire arrangement, according to a U.S.-based source who has been briefed on the proposal.

    The proposal to renew the ceasefire was presented by a high-level Hamas delegation to Egyptian Minister of Intelligence Omar Suleiman at a meeting in Cairo Dec. 14. The delegation, said to have included Moussa Abu Marzouk, the second-ranking official in the Hamas political bureau in Damascus, told Suleiman that Hamas was prepared to stop all rocket attacks against Israel if the Israelis would open up the Gaza border crossings and pledge not to launch attacks in Gaza.

    The Hamas officials insisted that Israel not be allowed to close or reduce commercial traffic through border crossings for political purposes, as it had done during the six-month lull, according to the source. They asked Suleiman, who had served as mediator between Israel and Hamas in negotiating the original six-month Gaza ceasefire last spring, to "put pressure" on Israel to take that the ceasefire proposal seriously.

    Suleiman said he could not pressure Israel but could only make the suggestion to Israeli officials. It could not be learned, however, whether Israel explicitly rejected the Hamas proposal or simply refused to respond to Egypt.

    The readiness of Hamas to return to the ceasefire conditionally in mid-December was confirmed by Dr. Robert Pastor, a professor at American University and senior adviser to the Carter Centre, who met with Khaled Meshal, chairman of the Hamas political bureau in Damascus on Dec. 14, along with former President Jimmy Carter. Pastor told IPS that Meshal indicated Hamas was willing to go back to the ceasefire that had been in effect up to early November "if there was a sign that Israel would lift the siege on Gaza".

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    Hmmm...I wonder why so many 'forgot' to put this little tidbit in their news stories.
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    The Israelis may also be worried that they'd try to kidnap another soldier.

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    Why would Israel want to return to a "ceasefire"? Under the last one they received near 700 rocket attacks. They did not retaliate. They waited till the ceasefire was over before taking military action. Why make another one if it doesn't seem to matter to Hamas either way?

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    Hamas has had every opportunity to straighten this out. I don't feel remotely sorry for them-only the poor civilians.
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    They were civilians once, too. Israel has, unfortunately, continued to carve land away from the Palestinians, control their water access, taken away their right to free movement, destroyed livelihoods and killed with impunity. I'm not saying either side is right or wrong-because both carry a heavy weight on their shoulders-but we have to remember who has the power in this situation, and it's not Hamas or the Palestinians.
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