Ehud Ya'ari's article in the Jerusalem Report today credits Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) for putting a stop to the bloodletting of the last 52 months...
"The question now is what will be the nature of this truce, if it in fact stabilizes? What will be its political structure? Are we witnessing a hudna that reflects genuine recognition that the terror campaign boomeranged into failure? Or will it emerge as a mere opportunity for the armed factions to use the truce to make gains, something that Hamas and its ilk are stubbornly pressing for?"
"These are the three most important assets that these factions hope to acquire during the hudna:
* A time-out ...during which they can recover and regroup
* Participation in the PA's decision-making process
* Immunity against Israeli attacks, and the legitimisation of ...(terror)"