So the question is not if you murder Israelis, but where you murder them? The new prime minister has got his work cut out for him.
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Palestinians failed to agree on a truce offer to Israel on Sunday after three days of talks, setting back the Palestinian prime minister’s hopes for a halt in violence to jump start the stalled U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which have carried out most suicide attacks against Israel, resisted intense pressure from Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and the top Egyptian mediator and refused a full cease-fire.
The two groups would agree only to a limited truce, ending attacks on civilians in Israel but not on Jewish settlers or Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Israel said it would accept only a comprehensive halt. “There’s no half-way cease-fire,” said Raanan Gissin, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He said Israel is willing to stop shooting if there was a total Palestinian truce.