What would Israel gain by extending a truce to a group who used the last truce to import longer range missiles from Iran in pursuit of religiously based genocide? Israel is now looking at Hizballah to the north, Syria to the north and east and HAMAS to the south, with a 'we'd like to help if we can halt our own corruption for a while' PLO to the east. These threats are backed by a turn the other way Jordan, and an Egypt which would like to see Israel dead, but cannot act in such a manner. 220 million vs 6 million.
Israel, under international pressure, is considering a 48-hour halt to its
punishing four-day air campaign on Hamas targets in Gaza to see if Palestinian militants will stop their rocket attacks on southern Israel, Israeli officials said Tuesday. Any offer would be coupled with a threat to send in ground troops if the rocket fire continues.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert discussed the proposal - floated by France's foreign minister - and other possible next steps with his foreign and defense ministers, Israeli officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not supposed to make the information public.
European Union foreign ministers met Tuesday evening in Paris for urgent talks on the crisis, with France and Germany both seeking a cease-fire.
President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called leaders in the Middle East to press for a durable solution beyond any immediate truce.
How can a truce with a major player in this death match be of any benefit to Israel?