PALESTINE - Jan 23 - Militants To Suspend Attacks On Israeli Targets.Armed factions agree to suspend attacks on Israeli targets for a period of "calm" intended to lead to a formal ceasefire if Israel agrees to a series of reciprocal confidence-building measures Confidence-building measures (CBMs) are certain techniques which are designed to lower tensions and make it less likely that a conflict would break out through a misunderstanding, mistake, or misreading of the actions of a potential adversary. , including prisoner releases. The Palestinian Pres Mahmoud Abbas Mahmoud Abbas (Arabic: محمود عباس) (born March 26, 1935), also known by the kunya Abu Mazen , is expected to leave Gaza today to start mobilising high-level international support for the initiative. It follows five days of intensive talks in which Abbas was said by a senior Palestinian official to have persuaded the factions-including Hamas and Islamic Jihad-to take the initial step by suspending operations. This offers the first serious hope of political progress since an abortive abortive /abor·tive/ (ah-bor´tiv)
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2. abortifacient (1).
3. cutting short the course of a disease.
1. seven-week truce 18 months ago. Abbas's first significant success as President, however potentially fragile, followed four largely conflict-free days over the Muslim religious festival of Eid Al Adha during which he ordered the deployment of up to 2,000 Palestinian security personnel in northern Gaza to demonstrate his determination to halt attacks on Israel. Earlier the Israeli Defence Minister, Shaul Mofaz, said Israel had made no commitments in return for a ceasefire but indicated the army was ready to meet what in effect is the primary precondition pre·con·di·tion
A condition that must exist or be established before something can occur or be considered; a prerequisite.
tr.v. of maintaining the temporary suspension by halting operations against militants. Before leaving for a cabinet meeting in the Israeli border town of Sderot which has borne the brunt of Qassam rocket attacks This is a list of notable and/or newsworthy Qassam rocket attacks. Thirteen people have been killed and hundreds injured as a result of Qassam rocket fire at Israeli targets. The Qassam rocket attacks started in the year 2000 and have continued since then. from Gaza, Mofaz told Israel Radio: As long as there is quiet, there is no reason for us to act". Ziad Abu-Amr, Abbas's chief negotiator with the factions, said there was no fixed timetable for what he called the "self-initiated tranquillity". Instead, he said, maintaining the suspension depended in the first instance on an Israeli willingness to respect it - and in the longer term to respond to the conditions that the factions had sought before it could be turned into a full and formal truce. Beside a reciprocal halt to military operations This is a list of missions, operations, and projects. Missions in support of other missions are not listed independently. World War I
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Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, Blair and the French Pres Jacques Chirac as well as Israeli ministers - is likely to argue it offers a serious opportunity to end more than four years of conflict and return to the negotiating table, in the first instance in discussions to co-ordinate the planned Israeli disengagement disengagement /dis·en·gage·ment/ (dis?en-gaj´ment) emergence of the fetus from the vaginal canal.
n. from Gaza. While Israeli officials have generally expressed warm approval of Abbas, the PM, Ariel Sharon, warned the army was ready to start serious military operations in Gaza if a suspension did not hold. He said: If the terrorism resumes, we shall act according to according to
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3. a cabinet decision that has been taken".