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Israel should be wary of Hamas' truce proposal

The dire situation in Gaza has apparently prompted Hamas' political leaders to offer Israel a long-term cease-fire, but the dominance of the movement's military wing casts doubt on such a truce holding.
Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (5th R) gestures as he gives a speech during a rally ahead of the 27th anniversary of Hamas founding, in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip December 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4HR3K
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The Israeli public is not the only group awaiting the election results for the 20th Knesset. Hamas is also in suspense over the results. Previously when it came to Israeli election campaigns, Hamas’ spokesmen always said that it made no difference to them who would be elected to lead the “Zionist enemy.” Times, however, have changed, and Hamas' leaders are begging for help.

The living conditions in Gaza are incredibly severe, in fact, worse than ever; the reports emerging from the Gaza Strip are appalling. In the meantime, Hamas leaders await to learn the composition of Israel's next government to try to determine which policy it will adopt toward the movement.

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