Hamas, Islamic Jihad say they want to keep truce

December 10, 2011 17:26


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Hamas is keen on preserving the state of calm and does not like the idea that other Palestinian groups are launching attacks on Israel, Hamas officials said over the weekend.

Islamic Jihad leaders also expressed their readiness to avoid an all-out confrontation with Israel.

Hamas is concerned that an upsurge in violence will foil plans to hold mass rallies next week marking the 24th anniversary of its founding.

Hamas is also worried that the renewed rocket attacks on Israel could torpedo the implementation of the second phase of the prisoner exchange agreement that saw the release of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.

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