Hamas is boycotting the Palestinian legislature, reports the New York Times. The reason? Oh, “at least 39 Hamas legislators from the West Bank now being held in Israel jails without charges”.
The legislature can’t meet without a quorum. You’ve gotta love the Palestinians though. When the video link between Gaza and Ramallah was lost during the emergency session, what did they do? Whipped out their cellphones, of course.
What else? Sunday, Omar Karmi of the Jordan Times reported cessation of hostilities by the Fateh Al-Aqsa Martyrs brigade”:
Meanwhile, the Israeli Cabinet Sunday approved a plan to stop hunting 178 Fateh members in the West Bank in return for their agreement to end any attacks on Israeli targets.
Scores of wanted members of Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades convened on Palestinian security forces headquarters across the West Bank to sign the agreement.
A spokeswoman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Miri Eisin, said Israel agreed on a list of those who have “deactivated themselves as terrorists… are going to hand down their arms, and, as part of the new developing security relationship, Israel will not pursue them any more”.
It’s a busy region this week.
Sunday, former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres was sworn in as Israeli president replacing Moshe Katsav, who resigned in the latest scandals.
Monday, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in his official residence in Jerusalem.
Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will be in town.
Palestinian news service Ma’an now reports 45 Hamas legislators detained in Israeli jails. Oh, dear, they’re missing all the fun.