The Palestinian “Temporary Cease-Fire”: Israel’s Political Risks and Opportunities with the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit between Prime Minister Sharon and Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen)
February 7, 2005 | Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi
The election of Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen), along with Israel's political and military pressure, has brought about a change in the Palestinian Authority's policy on continuing the "armed intifada." At the same time, the paramount interest of Hamas and Islamic Jihad is to reorganize and rebuild their capabilities after they were severely degraded by the Israel Defense Forces.