Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, said Sunday that Israel had received several messages indicating that Hamas, the militant Islamic group that controls Gaza, was interested in a cease-fire.
“If they stop firing on our communities, we will stop firing,” Mr. Barak told Israel Radio...
During the relative calm of the last two years, both Israel and Hamas have upgraded the weaponry at their disposal."
I think its a strategic error to agree to a cease-fire with a group hell-bent on your destruction. Hamas only ever wants a cease-fire when they need time to regroup and reload. Its not because they want to sing Kumbaya, that's for sure. Hopefully this cease fire will mark an end to the fighting for good, but there is no reason to think it will hold for any longer than it takes Hamas to get back in a killing mood.