JERUSALEM Nov 25, 2006 (AP)— Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a cease-fire Saturday to end a five-month Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and the firing of rockets by Palestinian militants into the Jewish state a major step toward possibly reviving long-stalled peace talks.

The cease-fire was to go into effect at 6 a.m. Sunday (11 p.m. Saturday EST), both sides said.

The truce announcement was a significant achievement for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as he tries to put together a more moderate government to replace the one currently led by Islamic Hamas radicals. Abbas, a moderate from the Fatah Party, hopes a deal with Hamas will persuade the West and Israel to lift crushing economic sanctions against the Palestinians.

First of all this is a game we’ve played so many times, it’s taking on the status of Charlie Brown and the football.  The game always ends the same Charlie Brown’s flat on his back looking up at the sky.

Secondly the final para catches me laughing. The concept of a “moderate of the Fatah party” is nothing if not laughable, particularly even with a basic understanding of what the word “Fatah”, means.  The article goes on to say that he’s trying to create a more moderate government.  More moderate, than what, seems that question.

If we ever needed proof that the word “moderate” is a relative term we need look no further than this.

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