Abbas Secures Palestinian Militants' Truce - Israel
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has secured an agreement with leading Palestinian militant groups for a cease-fire of about a month in the Middle East conflict, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said on Sunday.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad had agreed to the cease-fire in return for a future role in the Palestinian Authority, Mofaz told Israel Radio in an interview.
"As far as we understand, there is an agreement between (Abbas) and the heads of Hamas and Islamic Jihad for a cease-fire for a certain period ... about a month," said Mofaz.
Officials from Abbas's Palestinian Authority and the two militant groups were not immediately available for comment on Mofaz's comments. Abbas has been holding cease-fire talks with militant factions in the Gaza Strip in the last few days.
So it begins. Demonstrating dedication to his campaign promises, Abbas brokers a fragile agreement for a halt to the violence, and the assaults in Gaza have been quieted since the talks between Abbas and his militant factions began.
But it hasn't been the first time such promises have been made. All hinges now on how long militants honor their word, and what Abbas does if Hamas and ilk renege on their agreement of peace.
So the world, along with Israel, embarks on a hope and prayer, tinged with caution.