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Israel Forces a “Hudna”

24 June 2003

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Paradoxically, the only way for Israel to make a “hudna” or Islamic style cease-fire succeed, is to first destroy the Hamas terror infrastructure to the point where the organization has no choice but to relent.  The second step is more difficult since the hudna must be enforced, a job which is to fall to Palestinian PM Abu Mazen, a very reluctant policeman. 

The most significant third stage is almost impossible without the full cooperation of the Palestinian Authority.  Hamas, the Jihad, the Al-Aksa Brigades and all other terrorists must be arrested and disarmed.  PA Chairman Yasir Arafat is completely opposed to taking such actions and continues as always to support terrorism.  Thanks to the Europeans and in particular to the UN he is immune to Israeli retaliation involving his elimination through exile, imprisonment or death.

Furthermore, step three is diametrically opposed to the Islamic understanding of a cease - fire as a step towards peace and not a recovery period to enable one to renew warfare.  (See yesterday’s posting.) 

Last night Israel arrested 120 Hamas activists in Hebron, further reducing the ranks of the vicious terror organization.  This may very well hasten the Hamas acceptance of the hudna.  We are only at the very beginning.  The big question is “Who will liquidate their infrastructure during stage three?”

The Hamas is being handed to the PA on a stretcher in serious condition.  It is now Abu Mazen’s decision whether to allow for its rehabilitation or to ensure its passing from history.  To finish off the Hamas would prove Abu Mazen is moving towards peace, not just in words, but in action.

Unfortunately we may all be back to stage one in half a year or so.