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Hudna: Maybe Tomorrow; Fatah May Not Join

The Palestinian terrorist organizations are having trouble getting their act together even for a ceasefire to allow them time to regroup without threat of Israeli action.
First Publish: 6/29/2003, 11:00 AM

The Palestinian terrorist organizations are having trouble getting their act together even for a ceasefire that will allow them to regroup without threat of Israeli action. Although it has been announced for the past few days, including last night, that a hudna - temporary ceasefire - will begin within the next day or two, last-minute disagreements are again holding it up.

A faction of Fatah's Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigades says it will not recognize a hudna, and similar announcements have been received from two other terrorist organizations, the Democratic Front and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP and PFLP). Some of their objections are that they were not included in the negotiations, and that Marwan Barghouti, imprisoned in Israel, was the main facilitator of the agreement.

This afternoon, two of the three main PA terrorist organizations - Fatah did not join in - announced that they were embarking on a three-month cease-fire. The cease-fire is contingent upon several conditions: Israel must cease its targeted killings of terrorist leaders, must not enter PA-controlled territories, and must not harm holy sites. In any event, the final formulation of the hudna agreement has been pushed off yet again, this time, until tomorrow.