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Why is Hamas Interested in a Temporary Truce with Israel?
Jerusalem Center ^ | June 19 2008 | Jonathan Dahoah Halevy

Posted on 06/19/2008 1:26:00 PM PDT by jerusalemjudy

• Hamas regards the temporary cease-fire as a tahdiya and not a hudna. A tahdiya – “a period of calm” – is used by Hamas to describe a simple cease-fire. A hudna implies recognition of the other party’s actual existence, without acknowledging its legitimacy.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gaza; hamas; israel; truce
• In an interview with Al-Jazeera (April 26, 2008), Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal clarified that for Hamas, a tahdiya is “a tactic in conflict management.” He added that it “is not unusual for the resistance...to escalate sometimes and to retreat a bit sometimes as the tide does...The tahdiya creates a formulation that will force Israel...to remove the siege...and if it happens it will be a remarkable achievement.”

• Official sources in Israel have explained that Hamas’ interest in a lull in the fighting is a result of its “distress.” But the organization did not experience “distress.” Hamas has introduced and maintained law and order in Gaza, strengthened its overall control, suppressed opposition, and achieved broad popular support for its policies.

•An important objective for Hamas is winning the Palestinian presidential election, which will be held when Mahmoud Abbas finishes his term of office in December. The lull will permit Hamas to prepare the field to take over from Abbas. Hamas is liable to claim that, according to Palestinian law, administrative authority should be passed on to the chairman of the parliament, who is a Hamas leader, or should be decided by the parliament itself, where Hamas has an overwhelming majority.

• One diplomatic consequence of the tahdiya will be increasing pressure on Israel to accept a future reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. That could lead to increasing demands on Israel to negotiate a permanent status arrangement with a joint Hamas-Fatah government, while Hamas remains committed to its political program of the elimination of Israel.

• The cease-fire also grants Hamas a golden opportunity to expand its military build-up for the next round of terror and violence. Emulating Hizbullah’s strategy, Hamas is striving to acquire longer-range and more destructive missiles to be used for deterrence and as a sword on Israel’s neck.

1 posted on 06/19/2008 1:26:00 PM PDT by jerusalemjudy
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To: jerusalemjudy
Exactly. Whether its called a tadhiyya or a hudna is immaterial. If we want to be generous and call it a hudna, its just a means for Hamas to prepare itself for the next round. The only question is when Hamas will return to fighting Israel again.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 06/19/2008 1:28:56 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: jerusalemjudy

Because going all the way back to Saladin (sp?), the muzzies offer a truce or peace just prior to them attacking and trying to destroy you.


3 posted on 06/19/2008 1:30:49 PM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 2008)
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To: goldstategop

simply to give them time to re-arm, nothing more.


4 posted on 06/19/2008 1:38:08 PM PDT by mrmargaritaville
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To: jerusalemjudy
Why is Hamas Interested in a Temporary Truce with Israel?

To reload?
5 posted on 06/19/2008 1:38:40 PM PDT by philled ("I prefer messy democracy to the stability of tyrants." -- Howar Ziad, Iraqi Ambassador to Canada)
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To: philled

With one eye on Iran.


6 posted on 06/19/2008 1:41:53 PM PDT by Vaduz (and just think how clean the cities would become again.)
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To: jerusalemjudy

Hamas wants to build up its arms.


7 posted on 06/19/2008 1:42:39 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the Royal 100 Club)
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To: jerusalemjudy; Robert Spencer

This can only help Hamas.

“If Muslims are weak, a truce may be made for ten years if necessary, for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) made a truce with the Quraysh for that long, as is related by Abu Dawud” (’Umdat as-Salik, o9.16).

(Above copied from)...here...

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/021431.php#comments

Thanks to Robert Spencer and the terrific posters at jihadwatch.


8 posted on 06/19/2008 2:05:00 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: jerusalemjudy

WELCOME ABOARD jerusalemjudy! Thanks for posting.


9 posted on 06/19/2008 2:06:11 PM PDT by PGalt
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10 posted on 06/19/2008 2:07:41 PM PDT by SJackson (There are 2 races of people in this world, the decent and the indecent,Victor Frankl, George Foreman)
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To: jerusalemjudy

“Why is Hamas Interested in a Temporary Truce with Israel?”

Easy. They’re low on ammo.


11 posted on 06/19/2008 2:44:59 PM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: jerusalemjudy; SJackson

Just read on another thread that Netanyahu is really teed off about this cease-fire with Hamas and is advocating getting Hamas out of Gaza entirely. Seems to me he is calling for Israel to retake Gaza entirely. Hopefully, he will get an opportunity to do so as the next PM.


12 posted on 06/19/2008 2:58:51 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: jerusalemjudy
When you play by their rules, don't be surprised when they win!
13 posted on 06/19/2008 3:06:18 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("If it's brown, drink it down. If it's black, send it back" -Homers guide to drinking in Springfield)
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To: jerusalemjudy

“Why is Hamas Interested in a Temporary Truce with Israel?”

Because the Bush Administration promised them they’d jam it down Israel’s throat and then send a few hundred million American taxpayers’ money over to balance the 1/2 billion we’ve given Fatah and the $350,000,000.00 we sent off to the KLA?


14 posted on 06/19/2008 3:18:13 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: jerusalemjudy
Mohammed, The Mad Poet Quoted....

I bet it has nothing to do with peace...

"[Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement" - Hamas Charter, Article 13.

"The Muslim women have a no lesser role than that of men in the war of liberation; they manufacture men.... raising the children upon the moral concepts and values which derive from Islam; and of educating their sons to observe the religious injunctions in preparation for the duty of Jihad awaiting them." - Hamas Charter, Articles 17&18.

"This, for the purpose of calling upon the Arab and Islamic peoples as well as their governments, popular and official associations, to fear Allah in their attitude towards and dealings with Hamas, and to be, in accordance with Allah's will, its supporters and partisans who extend assistance to it and provide it with reinforcement after reinforcement, until the Decree of Allah is fulfilled, the ranks are over-swollen, Jihad fighters join other Jihad fighters, and all this accumulation sets out from everywhere in the Islamic world, obeying the call of duty, and intoning "Come on, join Jihad!" Hamas will only be of help to all associations and organizations which act against the Zionist enemy and those who revolve in its orbit." - Hamas Charter, Article 33.

"Safety and security can only prevail under the shadow of Islam.... The members of other religions must desist from struggling against Islam." - Hamas Charter, Article 31.

"Jihad becomes a duty binding on all Muslims.... We must spread the spirit of Jihad among the [Islamic] Umma, clash with the enemies and join the ranks of the Jihad fighters.... I indeed wish to go to war for the sake of Allah! I will assault and kill, assault and kill, assault and kill." - Hamas Charter, Article 15.

"Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur'an its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most sublime belief." - Hamas Charter, official slogan, Article 8.

15 posted on 06/19/2008 3:36:33 PM PDT by PsyOp (Truth in itself is rarely sufficient to make men act. - Clauswitz, On War, 1832.)
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To: jerusalemjudy

Anyone want to know the definition of a “Moderate Muslim”?

One that just ran out of ammunition...


16 posted on 06/19/2008 3:38:21 PM PDT by PsyOp (Truth in itself is rarely sufficient to make men act. - Clauswitz, On War, 1832.)
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To: PsyOp
Why is Hamas Interested in a Temporary Truce with Israel?

Why wouldn't Hamas be interested? Every little truce allows Hamas to rearm and recruit while their UN and western MSM shills can jerk everybody's leg, declaring the the Israelis as the ultimate enemy to the peace of the world.

17 posted on 06/19/2008 6:08:31 PM PDT by xJones
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To: JewishRighter
"“Why is Hamas Interested in a Temporary Truce with Israel?” Easy. They’re low on ammo."

Ain't that the truth!
18 posted on 06/20/2008 4:09:07 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA ("When I was a boy, America was a better place" - Dennis Prager)
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To: jerusalemjudy

Anyone interested in the real answer should look up the word HUDNA.


19 posted on 06/20/2008 5:13:09 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: xJones

You win a cookie!


20 posted on 06/20/2008 8:10:40 AM PDT by PsyOp (Truth in itself is rarely sufficient to make men act. - Clauswitz, On War, 1832.)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2024913/posts?page=727#727


21 posted on 06/20/2008 6:27:52 PM PDT by Cindy
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