Hamas in Gaza has offered Israel a hudna
, or cease-fire, of 10, 20 and even 50 years' duration.
Each, in effect, asks the other side to make a fundamental commitment in return for a partial, open-ended offer: an immediate end to the Israeli occupation in return for a hudna
(ceasefire), without a Palestinian commitment to end the conflict; and recognition of Israel by the Palestinian government in return for dialogue with Abu Mazen about "an independent and viable Palestinian state.
Hamas has religiously abided by the Hudna
since its signing in Sharm El-Sheikh almost two years ago.
telling ourselves that there is nothing we can do and allowing the hudna
(truce) to be turned into another phase of the Intifada .
For its part, Hamas continued to observe the hudna
, or informal truce, it agreed to in February 2005 while Mahmoud Abbas, elected successor to President Yasser Arafat following his death in November 2004, tried to buy time to negotiate with Israel.
Speaking to reporters after holding talks with PM Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza City, top Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar says: "It is the proper time for hudna
For five months through November 3, Hamas and Israel were at peace as a result of an agreed on Egyptian-brockered hudna
Number one: We will establish a situation of stability and calm which will bring safety for our people--what Sheikh (Ahmed) Yassin (a Hamas founder) called a long-term hudna
Hamas, negotiating with Fatah and other PLO factions in Cairo cited the incident as grounds for rejecting a hudna
(truce) with Israel.
TAMIMI: The way forward, and the only way Hamas is willing to engage in, would be to pressure Israel to accept the idea of a long-term cease-fire or hudna
(truce), as it is known in Arabic.
The Israelis scorn the long-term hudna
or truce which Hamas has offered.
It's not enough for Hamas to enter into a hudna
, or 10-year truce - a scenario floated by Ahmed Yousef, an advisor to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.