Best case scenario: Hamas is looking for a hudna
Reports out of Egypt indicate that the Hamas leadership is torn between agreeing to a hudna to plan the next battle and continuing to fight
Hamas's "military wing," the Al-Qassam Brigades, released a statement presenting its position on the ongoing talks in Egypt.
"The warriors in Gaza are waiting with Allah's help to renew the
fighting, or to return to planning the next campaign. There's no escape.
Either jihad or planning (for the next jihad)," declared the statement.
The remarks leave no doubts that even in the case of a truce, from
Hamas's perspective the lull in fighting would only be an opportunity to
rearm for the next terror war on the Jewish state. This facet is
particularly concerning in light of reports of Israel agreeing to
finance Hamas's officials in Gaza as part of an agreement.
Slamming this proposal, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) stated Monday "this is political protection money: you pay us, then we'll shoot you later; you don't pay us, then we'll shoot you right now. ...It is impossible to fight our enemy with one hand and to fund it with the other."
Another senior official from the PA delegation told Walla! that there are estimations that the current ceasefire may be extended by an additional 72-hour period.
Revealing Hamas's position on the talks, the official commented
"I'm still not sure that there's a decision by Hamas to end this war."
"There's a great disagreement now between the Hamas leadership
in Qatar headed by Khaled Mashaal, and between the senior members of the
organization in Gaza. Doha (Qatar's capital - ed.) is urging Mashaal
all the time not to agree to Egypt as an intermediary," disclosed the
For those who have forgotten, here's a discussion of what a hudna is and how Islamic terrorists use it.
Political Islam finds a number of examples in the life of Prophet
Muhammad that sanction the use of treaties as a tactical necessity. In
explaining why he signed the Oslo Accord, Yasser Arafat cited a truce
signed by Prophet Muhammad with the Meccan tribe Quraish at Hudaybiyah
in 628 C.E. According to the PLO leader, Prophet
Muhammad had signed the truce when he was not strong enough to win a
war and it was to last for ten years. But when, within two years of the
signing, the Muslims felt that they have gained enough strength to
defeat the Quraish, they broke the truce, attacked the Quraish and
A prominent Saudi sheikh, 'Abd Al-Muhsin
Al-'Obikan, also referred to the same treaty while condemning
Hezbollah's actions in Lebanon. He issued the edict against Hezbollah's
actions not because he considered them wrong but because in his view
Muslims, at the moment, are not strong enough to defeat Israel. He said
that since the Muslims have no chance of winning this campaign against
the Jews, a temporary solution is necessary - a truce similar to the
temporary truce of Hudaybiyya.
According to the Saudi Sheikh, Islamic
laws (Shari'a) also "place preconditions and constraints on the
declaring of jihad, which must be considered in order to ensure the
greatest gain for the nation and spare it loss - [that is,] in order to ensure the minimum possible damage and avoid greater damage.
of the preconditions regarding jihad [states] that the [the jihad
fighters] must have [sufficient] capability to inflict harm on the enemy
and to repulse its evil, so as to ensure the lives, the property, and
the honor of the Muslims and to safeguard them from aggression or harm,
that is, [from] destruction of property, from violation of honor, and
Those who understand the Islamist ethos know that for political Islam, disengagement, a cease-fire, or a pull back on the part of the "enemy" is a sign of its weakness. No one has more experience with this treacherous mindset than the Israelis.
And we keep agreeing to 'cease fires'.... What could go wrong?
Labels: Gaza, Hamas, hudna, IDF, jihad, Khaled Meshaal, Operation Protective Edge