'Gaza cease-fire will likely continue'

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center report: Hamas, Israel, Egypt interested in maintaining calm.

October 19, 2008 12:53
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'Gaza cease-fire will likely continue'

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The Gaza cease-fire will likely continue, according to a report released by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) Sunday morning. The report stated that all sides involved in the agreement, Hamas, Israel and Egypt, had an interest in maintaining the current calm. The report also evaluated that in light of the success of internal dialogue between Palestinian factions, the truce could be broadened to include the West Bank. The possibility also exists however, according to the report, that the truce could collapse and violence could be renewed. The agreement is set to expire in a month. Also Sunday, President Shimon Peres expressed hope that the cease-fire in the Strip would continue, but emphasized that Israel stands by its position that kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit must be safely returned home. Supporting the report's findings, meanwhile, a poll published last month by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah showed that support for the truce amongst Palestinians and Israelis has risen since it went into effect in June. The survey was carried out between August 25 and September 1. Nearly 1,300 Palestinians were randomly interviewed in person in east Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with a margin of error of three percent. Just over 600 Israelis were surveyed over the phone with a margin of error of 4.5%. Talia Dekel contributed to this report.

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