Hamas and several other Palestinian factions have decided to stop rocket attacks against Israel, so as not to give the IDF an excuse to launch a major offensive in the Gaza Strip, sources in Gaza City said on Monday.
Representatives of the factions, which held emergency discussions over the past few days, “stressed the need to maintain the unofficial cease-fire with Israel,” The sources said.
The groups that agreed to stop firing rockets at Israel are Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), in addition toHamas, the sources added.
Representatives of Fatah who were invited to the meeting did not attend for “urgent reasons,” according to a report in the London-based pan-Arab Al-Quds Al-Arabi daily.
Nevertheless, a Kassam rocket slammed into the western Negev on Sunday night, causing no casualties or damage, but leading Israeli officials to take a wait-and-see attitude toward the report.“Let’s hope it is true,” one official said.
Earlier in the day, IAF helicopters attacked two armed Palestinians believed to be planting explosives on the Gaza border, the army said.
It is not known if the gunmen were hit.
The official said that Israel has made clear that it holds Hamas responsible for everything inside the Gaza Strip, and that the organization cannot “subcontract out” terrorist attacks to other groups, and then claim that it is not responsible.
“They are responsible for any hostile activity coming from the Gaza Strip,” the official said. “They cannot say, ‘It is not us.’”
I have heard about the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (dam dose comise!!!) but not the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (mor comise!!!). Oh yeah, what is it up with Israeli sources and talkbacks? Never knew JP had it. That adds to Ynet and Haaretz. But JP really sucks. Full of ads, hard to navigate, slow for some reason. Never using it again.