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February 13, 2005

Israel to transfer security control of Jericho as Hamas says committed to truce

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

If at first you don't succeed, just try and try and try .......

Israel agreed Saturday night to transfer security control of the West Bank city of Jericho to the Palestinian Authority, sources close to the talks between Israel's Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Palestinian officials said. After Jericho it is likely that the cities of Tulkarem and Qalqilyah will be next in line for a hand-over, Haaretz reported.

Also Saturday evening, Hamas declared it was committed to the terms of the cease-fire agreed upon with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and those announced at the Sharm el-Sheikh summit last Tuesday.

Hamas said it would avoid violating the cease-fire and targeting settlements in the Gaza Strip, as it did on Thursday. It blamed Israel for the violence and said the shooting of mortars against Jewish settlements came in response to an Israeli killing of Palestinians.

I want to be wrong, I want to be wrong, I want to be wrong....  But somehow I just can't get too excited about this. Yes, it is a big step, but how do you undo years of Friday Sermons on Palestinian Authority Television (download video from MEMRI - RealPlayer required) 

Posted by Hyscience at February 13, 2005 1:04 AM

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