Monday, November 27, 2006

Israeli-Palestinian truce

I find this sudden outbreak of peace extremely difficult to take seriously. Israel is weaker now than it has been for many years, so it is not surprising that its government wants a period of relative calm. But Hamas has been able to land more blows on its enemy than ever and the situation in Lebanon, however uncertain its outcome may be, is almost certainly going to be more favourable to Hezbollah and Iran than it is now.

What's in it for them? Has Hamas suddenly renounced its ultimate goal? Hardly. They need time to prepare a more convincing attack and maybe to allow their friends in the North to take a few more steps towards control of Lebanon

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