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  • Hamas to end truce with Israel

    12/09/2005 5:23:34 PM PST · by Cinnamon · 40 replies · 706+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 9 December 2005, 16:55 GMT | BBC
    The political leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas has said it will not renew its informal ceasefire with Israel that expires at the end of year. Khaled Meshaal told a rally in the Syrian capital Damascus his group was preparing for a new round of conflict. The truce begun in February was based on Israel ending its attacks on Palestinians and releasing prisoners. Hamas had already said it would pull out of the truce when Israel killed a military leader in November. Addressing the crowd at the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, Mr Meshaal said there was no room...
  • Hamas Leader Says He Won't Renew Truce

    11/30/2005 2:49:44 PM PST · by ncountylee · 13 replies · 310+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | November 30, 2005 | ALBERT AJI
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The leader of Hamas said Wednesday that his Palestinian militant group will not renew a truce with Israel when it expires at the end of the year and accused the Jewish state of violating the agreement that has greatly reduced violence. Khaled Mashaal, whose group has carried out dozens of deadly suicide attacks on Israelis over the years, also restated Hamas' rejection of U.S. and Israeli demands to disarm. "All circumstances on the ground, the regional political atmosphere and the Palestinian situation are not encouraging to renew the truce," Mashaal told The Associated Press in a...
  • Hamas: No Renewal of Truce With Israel

    11/02/2005 9:10:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 449+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/02/05 | Ibrahim Barzak - ap
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The militant group Hamas said Wednesday it would not renew an informal 9-month-old truce, which expires at the end of the year, after Israel killed one of its leading activists in an airstrike in Gaza. The truce was brokered by Egypt, which is expected to invite militant groups, including Hamas, to Cairo in the coming weeks to discuss extending the agreement. In the past nine months, violence has dropped sharply, and Hamas refrained from carrying out suicide bombings in Israel. But it has repeatedly fired rockets from Gaza at Israeli towns, in what it said...
  • Nepal's Maoist chief announces 3-month truce

    09/03/2005 4:06:05 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | September 03 2005 | Reuters
    KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels announced a three-month cease-fire from Saturday, their chief said in a statement, in a move to win support of political parties after King Gyanendra seized power in February. "During this period, our People's Liberation Army (PLA) will be in defensive positions," Prachanda said in a statement made available to Reuters. "The PLA will not launch any offensive from its side." "We believe our move will encourage all forces, within and outside Nepal, who want peace through a forward-moving political solution," the elusive Maoist chief said. The Nepali army said it had heard about the...
  • Democrats seek truce with Bolton

    08/02/2005 9:30:44 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 31 replies · 1,146+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 08/02/05 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Democrats struck a conciliatory note over the appointment of John Bolton as Washington's UN ambassador, saying that their bitter opposition is over and that they will work to help him succeed in his new job. "My fervent hope is now he'll do a good job. This is over with now," said Senator Christopher Dodd, who said Democrats are resigned to working with Bolton. "He's going to be there for the next 13 months," Dodd, a staunch Bolton opponent, told NBC television. "At this point here, I want him to succeed." US President George W. Bush on Monday...
  • Truce seems over -- Israel resumes killing of militants

    07/16/2005 12:04:09 PM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 24 replies · 594+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/16/05 | Scott Wilson
    Gaza City -- The Israeli military killed seven members of Hamas Friday and early today in rocket strikes that renewed Israel's policy of assassinating militant Palestinian leaders and effectively marked the end of a five-month truce. SNIP The military wing of Hamas, known formally as the Islamic Resistance Movement, has fired more than 100 mortar shells and rockets into Israel and Jewish settlements in Gaza in recent days, one of which killed a 22-year-old Israeli woman Thursday.
  • CA: Schwarzenegger, Democrats explore truce after months of feuding (Conan wimping out?)

    06/25/2005 10:41:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 424+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 6/25/05 | Beth Fouhy - AP
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger feuded bitterly with Democrats throughout the spring over a package of government reform measures he is asking voters to consider in a special election this November. In recent days, the partisan chill that had descended on the state Capitol during the first half of the year has begun to thaw. Polls released over the last few days showed a dramatic drop in the governor's job-approval ratings and the Democrat-controlled Legislature more unpopular than ever. Both sides are inching toward compromise on a package of reforms that could avert a high-stakes showdown this fall, as Schwarzenegger seeks to...
  • Palestinian Militant Group Refuses to Accept Truce

    03/18/2005 9:55:05 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 5 replies · 479+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 18
    A coalition of Palestinian militants threatened on Friday to resume attacks on Israelis despite a conditional truce agreed by other armed groups in talks with the Palestinian Authority. Mohammed Abdel-Al, a spokesman for the umbrella Popular Resistance Committees, said the Palestinian Authority had not invited the PRC to the negotiations in Egypt and the deal reached there on Thursday was not binding on it. "Our patience is over and it is time the Zionist entity be called to account by our fighters after the past two months (of calm)," Abdel-Al told a news conference. Before the current lull, the PRC...
  • Palestinians set to announce truce with Israel

    03/17/2005 3:43:30 AM PST · by Cornpone · 56 replies · 1,399+ views
    Swiss Info ^ | 17 March 2005 | Diala Saadeh
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Palestinian groups say they will reach an agreement today on a formal halt to attacks on Israelis, a step President Mahmoud Abbas hopes will persuade Israel to pull back from Palestinian towns. The Palestinian Authority and Egypt, which is hosting the meeting of several Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, want them to agree to an open-ended period of "calm", an Arabic term for the lowest level of truce. "We have an agreement in our hands now from all factions on the 'calm'," Samir Mashharawi, an official from Abbas's Fatah movement, told Reuters on Thursday. Mashharawi...
  • Palestinian Militants Adhere to Truce

    02/12/2005 7:48:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 337+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat, Feb 12, 2005 | IBRAHIM BARZAK
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad said Saturday they were adhering to a de facto truce with Israel, but stopped short of committing to the official cease-fire that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites) agreed on at their summit. Israel agreed to repatriate about 55 Palestinians it deported to the Gaza Strip (news - web sites) and Europe on terror accusations. The majority were exiled after a monthlong siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002. In fast-paced moves to cement the...
  • A tenuous truce begins

    02/12/2005 4:58:23 PM PST · by andrewwood · 38 replies · 485+ views
    Washington Post / townhall.com ^ | feb. 11, 2005 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>WASHINGTON -- It is now conventional wisdom that the new opening to a Middle East peace is a result of Yasser Arafat's death. This is only half true, and it misses the larger point.</p> <p>Arafat's death was a necessary condition for hope, but not a sufficient one. It was necessary because Arafat had the power to suppress and literally kill any chances of peace. But his passing would have meant nothing if it had not occurred at a time when the Palestinians finally realized that Arafat's last great gamble, the second intifada, was a disaster.</p>
  • Hamas to Honor Undeclared Israel Truce

    02/12/2005 1:26:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 299+ views
    AP ^ | 2/12/5
    JERUSALEM - The Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad said Saturday they will not attack Israeli targets, but they refrained from officially joining a Palestinian cease-fire with Israel agreed upon during last week's summit in Egypt. Leaders of both groups met Saturday with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who is trying to keep the fragile cease-fire intact. A Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, told The Associated Press the group will wait to see whether Israel stops its military activities and targeted killings of Palestinian militants before deciding whether to join the truce agreed upon by Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel...
  • Cease-Fire or Battle Lines? (Israel-Palestinian)

    02/11/2005 4:25:48 PM PST · by Nate1984 · 10 replies · 355+ views
    The Daily Campus ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005 | Nathan Anderson
    Early this Tuesday, a cease-fire was declared between newly elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. Abbas promised with Sharon to "cease all violence against the Israelis and against the Palestinians, wherever they are," Israel agreed furthermore to release 900 Palestinian prisoners, to gradually withdraw from West Bank cities, and as a gesture of commitment, reopened a major Gaza checkpoint where six Israeli civilians had been killed last month in a terrorist attack. Abbas in return promised to stop glorification of terrorists and incitement against Israel on official Palestinian Authority media outlets. The western media was churning...
  • IDF, ISA thwart J'lem suicide bombing

    02/10/2005 9:35:50 AM PST · by Alouette · 43 replies · 1,519+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 10, 2005 | Margot Dudkevich
    A Palestinian who planned to launch a suicide bombing attack in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of French Hill in the coming days was arrested on Thursday afternoon in a combined operation carried out by IDF and ISA (Israel Security Agency) forces in the West Bank city of Nablus. The man was identified as Mahran Shukat Abu-Hamis, 21, a resident of the Ein-Beit Ilma refugee camp in Nablus, who planned the attack in an attempt to derail the cease-fire declared during Tuesday's summit in Sharm e-Sheikh. Abu-Hamis was involved in a number of terror organizations. The planned French Hill attack was...
  • Beware of 'hudnas'

    02/10/2005 2:38:43 AM PST · by ViLaLuz · 12 replies · 767+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | February 10, 2005 | Hal Lindsey
    I am appalled at how quickly the United States is leaping at the same old bait offered by the Palestinians. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, following the orders of our dear but naive president, is shoving Israel toward a disastrous agreement to grant a Palestinian state. As everyone applauds the "valiant efforts" of Mahmoud Abbas to secure a "cease-fire" from a bunch of terrorist gangs that have sworn they will never have a permanent peace with Israel, it is time to review the sacred Muslim concept of "hudna." It began with Islam's most revered founder, Muhammad. He declared a 10-year...
  • Palestinian Fatah Movement to OK Truce

    02/06/2005 4:02:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 151+ views
    AP ^ | 2/6/5
    GAZA CITY -- The mainstream Palestinian movement Fatah said Sunday it would agree to a mutual cease-fire with Israel in the West Bank and Gaza, and it ruled out attacks against civilians inside Israel _ boosting peace prospects ahead of an upcoming summit. After a two-day meeting of its Revolutionary Council in Gaza, the Fatah movement, headed by new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, declared it was prepared "to be committed to comprehensive mutual cease-fire in the occupied Palestinian land of 1967," referring to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Also, the statement confirmed an earlier pledge "not to target civilians...
  • Al-Sadr rebuffs Iraqi truce delegates [No truce.]

    08/18/2004 12:29:52 AM PDT · by familyop · 12 replies · 417+ views
    CNN ^ | 18AUG04 | CNN
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- An Iraqi peace delegation has returned to Baghdad after radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr refused to meet with them in battle-torn Najaf. The Iraqi leaders had gone to Najaf in hopes of ending nearly two weeks of fighting between al-Sadr's militia fighters and a U.S.-Iraqi force.
  • Iraqi official: Peace talks fail in Najaf

    08/14/2004 6:55:42 AM PDT · by RobFromGa · 36 replies · 2,273+ views
    cnn ^ | August 14, 2004 | cnn
    NAJAF, Iraq (CNN) -- Efforts to broker a peace agreement with rebel forces loyal to Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the embattled city of Najaf have failed, an Iraqi government official said Saturday. A statement issued by Mouwaffaq al-Rubaie, Iraq's national security adviser, suggested that fighting soon would resume in the south-central city.
  • Truce Talks Collapse in Holy City of Najaf

    08/14/2004 7:51:52 AM PDT · by traumer · 27 replies · 656+ views
    ABC News ^ | Aug. 14, 2004
    Truce Talks Collapse in Najaf Amid Attempts to Quell Violence Between Iraqi Militants, Troops (AP) NAJAF, Iraq Aug. 14, 2004 — Truce talks aimed at ending more than a week of violence between Shiite militants and U.S. and Iraqi forces in the holy city of Najaf broke down Saturday, Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwaffaq al-Rubaie said. It was not clear if the breakdown would lead to an immediate renewal of the fierce fighting between followers of firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the combined coalition-Iraqi force that shook Najaf's streets with gunfire and explosions since Aug. 5. The battles ended...
  • Powell: World does not stop entirely for Olympics

    08/14/2004 11:26:07 AM PDT · by buzzyboop · 18 replies · 1,057+ views
    ESPN.com ^ | August 14, 2004 | Associated Press Wire
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair signed the Olympic Truce at the birthplace of the games Saturday, even as his troops in Iraq were breaking with the spirit of the document that calls for a halt in worldwide conflict during the competition. Organizers of the truce -- inspired by the cease-fire between warring city-states during the ancient games at Olympia -- say more than 450 world leaders and international personalities have signed the initiative.The 16-day truce, however, is clearly not being observed by the United States, which has had troops fighting in Afghanistan and later Iraq since shortly after the Sept....
  • Allawi: Government Ready to Halt Fighting if Al-Sadr's Followers Lay Down Arms

    08/13/2004 5:58:45 AM PDT · by yonif · 12 replies · 687+ views
    FBIS Translated Text | 13 Aug 04 | Baghdad Al-Diyar Television
    [Announcer-read report over video] [FBIS Translated Text] Iraqi Prime Minister Dr Iyad Allawi has said that the Iraqi Government is ready to declare halt of fighting if Al-Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr and his followers from Al-Mahdi Army announce readiness to lay down their weapons and turn into a civil organization functioning within the framework of the political process. He added that all Iraqis are invited to participate in the political process regardless of their political, religious, or ethnic backgrounds. He added that there are bad elements who are trying to take advantage of the current situation, adding that they were behind...
  • Iraq, Al-Sadr Aides Negotiate Najaf Truce

    08/13/2004 5:20:06 AM PDT · by new cruelty · 136 replies · 2,029+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | August 13, 2004 7:54 AM | TODD PITMAN
    NAJAF, Iraq - Iraqi officials and aides to a radical Shiite cleric negotiated Friday to end fighting that has raged in the holy city of Najaf for nine days, after American forces suspended an offensive against Muqtada al-Sadr's militia, officials said. Aides said al-Sadr had been injured by shrapnel, though Iraqi officials disputed that. In the southern city of Basra, gunmen seized a British journalist, identified as James Brandon, from a hotel where he was staying late Thursday night, police said Friday. The kidnappers, almost certainly Shiite, threatened to kill him in 24 hours unless coalition forces withdraw from Najaf,...
  • The End of the Hudna (Belmont Club)

    08/04/2004 8:33:01 AM PDT · by Little Ray · 3 replies · 348+ views
    Belmont CLub ^ | Tuesday, August 03, 2004 | Wretchard
    A little more on this tomorrow, but for now hat tip to reader JM, who links to an article describing the landing of large quantities of small arms by the Mindanao Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), an act which may signal a resumption of hostilities against the Philippine Government. The Malaya reports that more than 1,000 rifles have been landed at two points in Mindanao (Marked in red flags on the map below. Click to expand) This may be followed by further shipments of mortars and machineguns. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation also reports that Philippine officials suspect that the truce may...
  • Qaeda-Linked Group Vows 'Bloody War' on Europe

    07/28/2004 2:08:03 PM PDT · by BushisTheMan · 27 replies · 1,235+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/28/2004 | Reuters
    Muslim militants claiming links to al Qaeda vowed in a statement on Wednesday to launch a "bloody war" on Europe after a "truce" offered by Osama bin Laden expired earlier this month. ... The group had warned in an internet statement earlier this month it would launch new attacks on Europe once the truce, which expired in mid-July, ended. Al Qaeda leader bin Laden, in an audiotape on April 15, gave European states three months to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Iraq and other Muslim countries or face new attacks like the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people on...
  • Trying to balance the factions

    07/22/2004 11:32:21 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 454+ views
    The Economist ^ | Jul 22nd 2004 | Reuters
    A series of truces agreed on last month, encompassing Mr Sadr's stronghold in al-Thoura, Baghdad's eastern slum, as well as the Shia holy cities and other towns further south, are still holding. His own home turf in the capital has been more peaceful than it has been for months. Former fighters are now being paid to collect rubbish, plant trees, direct traffic and help the Iraqi police. The new government has promised to pay for a new sewage system so that the slum detritus will no longer flow past Baghdad's grimmest tenements. Outside the city, the clergy behind Mr...
  • Five Dutch postal workers ill from mail containing yellow powder

    07/18/2004 9:59:46 PM PDT · by Destro · 35 replies · 2,524+ views
    story.news.yahoo.com ^ | Sun, Jul 18, 2004 | AP
    Sun, Jul 18, 2004 Five Dutch postal workers ill from mail containing yellow powder 2 hours, 2 minutes ago AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Five Dutch postal workers became ill after handling a piece of mail containing yellow powder Sunday evening, police said. Police spokeswoman Claudia Metz in the city of Alkmaar said the workers weren't seriously sickened, and that the powder was not anthrax. However, she said those who came in contact with it had difficulty breathing and one mailman was briefly hospitalized before being released. "It was nasty stuff," Metz said of the yellow powder, which is being tested....
  • Militiamen battle U.S. troops in Kufa despite truce

    05/29/2004 10:18:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 130+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/29/04 | Mariam Fam - AP
    KUFA, Iraq (AP) - U.S. soldiers and fighters loyal to a radical Shiite cleric exchanged gunfire here on Saturday, raising new fears about whether a plan to end a seven-week standoff here will hold. Explosions could be heard near Kufa's main mosque, where members of Muqtada al-Sadr's militia had taken up positions. Militia members accused U.S. troops of provoking the gunfight by approaching the city center. Coalition officials were not available for comment. The main road leading to Kufa was blocked by tires and concrete blocks, forcing cars to take back roads into the city. Members of al-Sadr's militia, the...
  • IRAQ: Truces In Fallujah And Najaf

    05/28/2004 12:23:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 138+ views
    CBS ^ | May 28, 2004 06:57:52 | CBS Newswatch
    Truces In Fallujah And Najaf May 27, 2004 The top aide of radical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, Queis Al Kaza'aly, inspects the damage after overnight fighting in Najaf, Iraq, Wednesday.  (Photo: AP) Al-Sadr said he was making the truce offer because of "the tragic condition" in Najaf after weeks of fighting and the slight damage suffered by the Imam Ali mosque. Muqtada al-Sadr launched his uprising after the occupation authority launched a crackdown on his movement.  (Photo: AP) Iraqi Fallujah brigade soldiers collect weapons. Some fought U.S. troops before the cease-fire.  (Photo: AP) Stories:• The Latest Interactives:• • • •...
  • US warns time is running out for insurgents in Iraqi city of Fallujah

    04/22/2004 4:30:23 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 8 replies · 118+ views
    AFP Yahoo! ^ | Thu Apr 22,12:44 PM ET | Staff
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (AFP) - A US Marine general accused at least 200 foreign fighters of stoking tensions in the flashpoint Iraqi city of Fallujah and said only days were left for insurgents to turn in their weapons or risk renewed US attacks. Lieutenant-General James Conway, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Corps, said only "junk" had been handed over in a weapons amnesty announced Monday as part of a ceasefire deal. His comments came a day after marines claimed to have killed 36 insurgents in a long battle in the volatile city west of Baghdad. "We were not pleased at...
  • Bin Laden makes an offer that he cannot deliver

    04/17/2004 3:06:18 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 22 replies · 87+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 04/18/04 | Kevin Myers
    The demands behind last week's offer of a truce to Europe from Osama bin Laden were modest enough: in effect, the dissolution of Nato, the expulsion of all American forces and closure of all bases from the Mediterranean to the North Atlantic, and the creation of a single all-European central committee to promote Islamic causes. He might as well have ordered Luxembourg to hand over the moon - now, please. Some commentators seem to think that this represents a change in tactics, and his statement was a cunning ploy to divide Europe from the US. Well, it would possibly have...
  • Iraqi civilians flee Falluja after truce (11 April, 2004)

    04/11/2004 11:10:07 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 8 replies · 141+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fadel Badran
    FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Civilians have fled Falluja after an informal truce halted a week of fighting between U.S. forces and rebels in which hundreds of Iraqis died. Only sporadic gunfire crackled in the town on Sunday, but guerrillas shot down a U.S. Apache attack helicopter just west of Baghdad airport and the U.S. military said its two-man crew was killed. Iraq's U.S. administrator Paul Bremer said no terms had been imposed on rebels in Falluja, where Iraqi mediators have been talking with town leaders and insurgents for the past two days. Grabbing their chance, desperate families fled combat zones...
  • 12-hour Ceasefire in Fallujah

    04/10/2004 2:46:48 PM PDT · by Filibuster_60 · 88 replies · 185+ views
    AFP ^ | 4/10/04
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - The US-led coalition and insurgents in Fallujah have agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire starting Sunday 0600 GMT to pave the way for US Marines to leave the town, an Iraqi mediator said. "The two sides have agreed to observe a 12-hour ceasefire tomorrow Sunday at 10:00 am (0600 GMT)," Hatem al-Husseini, a senior member of the Iraqi Islamic Party, told AFP. "This will pave the way for the gradual pullout of US Marine troops from Fallujah," Husseini said after a meeting with coalition officials following his return from mediation efforts in the troubled town. Husseini said he...
  • Falluja Chiefs to Call for Truce Sunday -Negotiator

    04/10/2004 2:11:27 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 27 replies · 160+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat, Apr 10, 2004 | Reuters
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Tribal, religious and community leaders in the Iraqi city of Falluja will call for fighters battling U.S. troops there to observe a truce from Sunday morning, a member of an Iraqi negotiating team said. Qahtan al-Rubaie, a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party who was part of a delegation of Sunni Muslim officials who went to Falluja on Saturday for peace talks, said the truce would be called from 10 a.m. (2 a.m. EDT) on Sunday.
  • US Marines ordered to resume Fallujah offensive

    04/09/2004 3:12:47 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 157 replies · 278+ views
    BBC ^ | 9 April, 2004 | BBC
    Both BBC and Sky reporting that offensive operations are resuming in Fallujah
  • Official: Yassin Offered Israel A Truce

    03/23/2004 5:14:17 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 162+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-24-2004 | Mark Lavie
    Official: Yassin Offered Israel a Truce Wednesday March 24, 2004 12:46 AM By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM (AP) - Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin, assassinated in an Israeli air strike, offered Israel a 30-year truce in 1997, the mediator who arranged Yassin's release from prison said Tuesday. Efraim Halevy, a former Mossad operative who was called in to resolve an Israel-Jordan crisis after a botched assassination attempt against a Hamas leader in Jordan in 1997, made the disclosure in an interview on Israel TV. Halevy was a confidant of Jordan's King Hussein, and he suggested releasing Yassin from...
  • Israel rejects Hamas truce proposal

    01/26/2004 12:35:47 PM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 80+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | January 26 2004
    Israel has rejected the proposal for a ten-year truce made by the Palestinian Hamas movement. Hamas' offer would have been conditional on Israel withdrawing from the occupied territories. The Israeli government described it as ridiculous that a terrorist organisation was setting conditions for a ceasefire. It also says there is no way Israel can return to its pre-1967 borders. The Hamas proposal was launched by the group's leader, Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi. He said he would be prepared, for the time being, to accept the creation of a Palestinian state in just the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Palestinian lawmaker: Israeli, PA officials to hold truce talks in Egypt

    11/05/2003 10:21:54 AM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 65+ views
    A top Palestinian official, speaking to Al Bawaba, on Wednesday expected Israeli and Palestinian officials will resume US-endorsed negotiations in Egypt over a new truce. Hatem Abdel Qader – a Fatah representative and a PLC member – said Wednesday , “there are serious discussions going on, backed by the US and led by the head of the Egyptian intelligence – Omar Suleiman – over the possibility of a meeting that is scheduled to take place with both sides in the upcoming days.” Abdel Qader also added that the ‘brick’ was laid when he and two other Fatah members negotiated with...
  • Hamas Sets Truce Terms, Israel Demands Crackdown

    11/02/2003 8:46:24 PM PST · by Alouette · 15 replies · 111+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 2, 2003 | Nidal al-Mughrabi
    GAZA (Reuters) - The Islamic group Hamas ruled out on Monday halting militancy in a three-year-old Palestinian revolt but said it could limit attacks to Israeli soldiers and settlers if the Jewish state stopped harming Palestinian civilians. The declaration by Hamas chief spokesman Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi could set terms in a dialogue sought by Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie on reining in violence in order to advance a U.S.-backed "road map" envisaging peaceful statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip alongside Israel. "The issue that will be possible to be addressed (with the Palestinian Authority) is continuing the resistance...
  • Warring Afghan Militias Sign Truce

    10/09/2003 9:54:26 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 135+ views
    Guam Pacific Daily News ^ | October 09 2003 | AMIR SHAH/AP
    MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan (AP) -- Two rival warlords signed a cease-fire Thursday after fierce fighting left scores dead in northern Afghanistan, both sides said. It was not clear if the deal would hold, although both sides reported their troops began withdrawing tanks and other weapons from the battlefield. Fighting raged up until the agreement was reached, and tensions remained high, commanders said. Several past truces have quickly dissolved. The cease-fire came after 24 hours of fighting that left "high numbers of casualties," according to the United Nations. One warring side said the death toll was more than 60, while the other...
  • Our New "Peace Partner"

    07/20/2003 12:05:48 PM PDT · by yonif · 3 replies · 207+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 20 July 2003 | Yoram Halberstam
    What a feeling of euphoria today, Saddam Hussein has apparently vanished into thin air and the International Community has decided to bring peace to Israel and her 30-year-old-new neighbour, called "the Palestinians". Even our "best friend" George W. Bush, which according to some is "the best friend we ever had in the US" has decided to nail the problem once and for all. New time, new "peace move", he has made history by being the first US President who speaks of an "independent" and "viable Palestinian state". Who said Bush is ignorant and does not understand the world? He is...
  • Minister Tsippie Livni: Israel will not release more Palestinian prisoners

    07/09/2003 9:58:02 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 118+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | July 09 2003
    Israel has no intention of releasing any more Palestinian prisoners who belong to radical organisations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Minister without Portfolio Tsippie Livni revealed this during an interview about the crisis within the Palestinian Authority. On Tuesday, the Palestinian Prime Minister tendered his resignation as a member of the Central Committee of the Fatah movement, following fierce criticism of his policy towards Israel. The movement blames him particularly for his apparent acceptance of Israel releasing no more than 350 out of a total of 6,000 Palestinian prisoners. Fatah's Central Committee has refused to accept Mr Abbas' resignation.
  • Sheikh Yassin: Hamas still committed to truce (yeah sure alert)

    07/09/2003 9:41:10 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 139+ views
    The spiritual leader and founder of Hamas reaffirmed Wednesday his movement's commitment to the truce with Israel but warned "our patience has its limits." After talks with Egyptian envoys trying to reinforce the three-month truce, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin warned that Israel's unwillingness to free thousands of Palestinian prisoners could undermine the cease-fire. "Israeli practices [including] the issue of the prisoners, are a red line that can never be bypassed in any way or form," Yassin told reporters in Gaza. "The Israeli enemy has to abide by [conditions] in our [cease-fire] initiative. It must shoulder its responsibilities so things will not...
  • Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Militant

    07/03/2003 6:08:55 AM PDT · by Valin · 6 replies · 72+ views
    AP ^ | 7/3/03 | ALEXANDRA ZAVIS
    JERUSALEM - Israeli troops killed a militia fighter in the West Bank and closed a recently reopened junction in the Gaza Strip, casting a shadow over a handover of territory to Palestinians under a U.S.-backed peace plan. The army said it was closing the key Gaza junction in response to the firing of four anti-tank shells at the nearby Jewish settlement of Kfar Darom. Four people were wounded by shrapnel, it said. Israel filed a formal complaint with the Palestinian Authority about the incident, saying the shelling was a violation of a security agreement on the pull out, the army...
  • Israeli government source rejects Hamas truce (not worth the paper it's written on)

    06/27/2003 9:13:38 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 106+ views
    Deutche Welle ^ | June 27 2003
    A senior Israeli government source has responded to a Hamas decision to suspend attacks on Israelis by saying any truce signed by the Palestinian militant group was not worth the paper it's written on. The source repeated Israel's bedrock demand that Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas dismantle Hamas and other militant factions under the terms of a U.S.-backed "road map" to peace affirmed at a June 4th Middle East summit. Earlier Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin had said that Hamas had decided to call a truce. The news came amid more violence following an incursion by Israeli forces into the...
  • Feuding Hatfields, McCoys Sign Truce

    06/16/2003 7:49:39 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 23 replies · 1,634+ views
    AP ^ | Mon, Jun 16, 2003
    A pen and ink sealed the end of Appalachia's most infamous bloody feud instead of a shotgun and bullets. Descendants of the Hatfield and McCoy families gathered Saturday in Pikeville to sign the truce, making a largely symbolic and official end to a feud that had claimed at least a dozen lives from the two mountain families. "We ask by God's grace and love that we be forever remembered as those that bound together the hearts of two families to form a family of freedom in America," says the truce, signed by more than 60 descendants. Reo Hatfield of Waynesboro,...
  • Report: Truce on terror possible within a day

    06/16/2003 8:02:12 AM PDT · by yonif · 10 replies · 91+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 16, 2003 | THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF
    Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said Monday he expects militant groups to agree to a cease-fire in attacks against Israel by as soon as Tuesday, media reports said. Shaath was quoted in remarks following a meeting with Euoprean Union officials in Ramallah, as Egyptian generals were mediating a truce among the Palestinian Authority and 13 factions, which would call for all of them to halt terror attacks against Israel. At the same time, Israel Radio reported slow progress being made on Monday afternoon in the meetings underway in Gaza. Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin is quoted as suggesting to reporters...
  • Hatfield, McCoy Descendants Ink Truce

    06/14/2003 2:56:56 PM PDT · by vikingchick · 19 replies · 1,440+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Jun 14,10:20 AM ET 2003
    PIKEVILLE, Ky. - A pen and ink sealed the end of Appalachia's most infamous bloody feud instead of a shotgun and bullets. Descendants of the Hatfield and McCoy families gathered Saturday morning in Pikeville to sign the truce, making a largely symbolic and official end to the feud that claimed at least a dozen lives. Signed by more than 60 descendants during the fourth Hatfield-McCoy Festival, the truce was touted as a proclamation of peace, saying "We ask by God's grace and love that we be forever remembered as those that bound together the hearts of two families to form...
  • Liberia Faces Disaster Even As President Backs Truce

    06/11/2003 4:30:55 PM PDT · by blam · 84+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 6-12-2003 | Katherine Butler
    Liberia faces disaster even as President backs truce By Katherine Butler 12 June 2003 A humanitarian catastrophe is feared in the Liberian capital after days of fighting between government forces and rebels who have advanced to Monrovia's outskirts. With two thirds of the country in rebel hands and insurgents bearing down on his last stronghold, Liberia's President, Charles Taylor, who was indicted by a UN-backed court in Sierra Leone for war crimes last week, appeared ready to bow to pressure from West African mediators yesterday. He signalled support for a truce that would revive failing peace negotiations and, in the...
  • Russian Ambassador Re-Appears in Baghdad after Smuggling Iraqi Police Documents to Moscow (debka)

    04/10/2003 12:32:46 PM PDT · by ewing · 4 replies · 154+ views
    DEBKAfile Security Newsletter ^ | April 10, 2003 | Gioria Shamis-Retired 'Economist Magazine' Reporter
    After a CIA force attacked an ex-KGB convoy in Iraq headed to Moscow with the Iraqi Secret police files, (and was thrown off from Iraqis attacking the Coalition force) now the Russian Ambassador has re-appeared in Baghdad at the Iraqi Embassy welcoming the GI's into town.Not known how he could have possibly flown that fast back into an occupied military area.
  • French Sign Reich Truce, Rome Pact Next; British Bomb Krupp Works; House Passes 2-Ocean Navy Bill

    06/22/2002 7:13:06 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 14 replies · 834+ views
    NYT ^ | 6.22.1940 | Guido Enderis
    Nazi Terms Signed But Hostilities Persist as French Fly to Get Italy's Demands Severity Protested Huntziger Voices View at Close of 27-Hour Compiegne Parley Nazi Truce Signed; Italy's Pact Next By GUIDO ENDERIS Wireless to The New York Times RELATED HEADLINES The International Situation Republican Fight Looms on War Issue at the Convention: Dewey, Taft and Willkie Reach Philadelphia to Appeal to the Delegates: No Group Has Control: Rival Candidates Make Ballot Claims--Willkie Stronger--Hoover Possibility Seen City WPA to Purge 1,000 Nazis, Reds: Signing of Affidavits to Be Started Tomorrow--FBI to Aid in Investigations For 200 New Ships: 70% Increase...