Hamas Demands Israel Restore EU Funding to PA
In a meeting in Tehran, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged visiting Damascus-based Hamas leader Khalid Meshaal to continue its fight against Israel. Ahmadinejad said, "The [Palestinian] government should use its brave and pious forces to continue resistance against the Zionist regime." To that, Israel Radio reported Meshaal said Israel 'will eventually disappear from the world, and the Palestinians should be prepared for that.'
Yet a "senior Hamas offcial" is reported in Israel's Haaretz within the same news cycle that Hamas "will offer a promise from Hamas and Fatah of a total cease-fire with Israel, including a complete halt to Qassam [rocket] fire and suicide bombings" if Israel will reverse course and ask the European Union to restore its funding tp the Palestinian Authority government. Hamas has still not offered to recognize Israel or renounce terrorism.
Beyond (or rather, part of) the Hamas offer, it was made clear that if Israel in fact did not seek to restore EU funding to the Hamas-led Palestinian government, the existing un-written semi-ceasefire currently in effect will be "at risk." In other words, Hamas will enter a full ceasefire (to the extent that they can enforce one, which is more than questionable with the assorted lot of terrorist groups) if and only if EU funding is restored with Israel's support. Otherwise, the terror attacks will increase.
Many observers who comment on this are likely to discuss it within the context of a 'power play' or realpolitik. That is a trap of nuance that dismisses the civilian targets of terrorists.
There's a simple word for it: Extortion.