Beware of hudna

I love the headline on this Reuters news story: “Palestinians hint at new calm.” I wonder if any of our occasional Israeli correspondents can explain why the Israeli government is willing to leave the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure in place so long as it observes hudna; I certainly can’t. Then there’s this:

Security men have yet to fan out in south Gaza and isolated violence by defiant smaller factions there has continued.
A bomb blast on a southern road on Sunday damaged an Israeli tank but caused no casualties. The Abu el-Reesh Brigades, part of the fractured Fatah movement, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed joint responsibility.
Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said he understood Abbas had already secured a commitment from Hamas and Islamic Jihad to a month-long truce in return for a future role in Palestinian Authority governance.

Yes, these are certainly promising developments, especially if your memory of events over the past ten years has failed you.
UPDATE: More on “hudna” from Honest Reporting. (Courtesy of Little Green Footballs.)

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