Daily Israel Report

IDF Officers: 'Don't Agree to Kassam Rocket Truce'

Five terrorist groups offered Israel a limited truce Thursday night in exchange for an end to IDF counter-terrorist operations. IDF offficers say Israel must not agree.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 11/24/2006, 10:28 AM / Last Update: 11/23/2006, 11:14 PM

Islamic Jihad leader Khader Habib said all the major terrorist groups, including Hamas, had agreed to stop firing Kassam rockets at southern Israeli communities on the condition that Israel cease all counter-attacks in Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

The truce includes only Kassam rocket attacks, Habib said. Other forms of terror activity, such as cross-border raids, suicide bombings and kidnappings would continue unabated.

Senior IDF officers said that ending IDF offensives in Gaza would cause great damage to the fight against terrorism, and would enable the terrorists to re-arm themselves in anticipation of the next round of fighting.