Cleric Helps with Cease-fire but Will It Last?

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A leading Islamic cleric in the Gaza Strip hopes to help stabilize the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

He has ruled it a sin to violate the recent cease-fire and issued a fatwa late Saturday.

"Honoring the truce, which was sponsored by our Egyptian brethren, is the duty of each and every one of us. Violating it shall constitute a sin," the fatwa read.

The truce was struck Wednesday to bring an end to the eight-day conflict. It began when Hamas terrorists starting firing rockets into Israel. The Jewish nation went on the offense and began striking back to defend its citizens.

Despite the order by the Islamist leader, the cease-fire remains delicate with no real details worked out.
The spokesman for Gaza's Hamas government, Taher Nunu, told reporters Sunday that Hamas is committed to the truce.
"The government reaffirmed its blessing to the agreement sponsored by Cairo and emphasized that it will work to the internal Palestinian consensus and the supreme national interest," he said, following a government meeting.

Meanwhile, Israel's Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu is committed to the cease-fire but isn't that confident it will last. He says it all depends on whether or not Hamas honors it.

He told pilots at Palmachim air base as long as Hamas is quiet, Israel will remain quiet. However, the Jerusalem Post reported he warned pilots if Hamas begins firing on Israel again, "You will go back to hitting what remains of the Hamas stockpile of weapons."

Netanyahu said that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) destroyed most of the missiles Hamas had stock-piled in Gaza and aimed at southern and central Israel.

Sources: Associated Press, Jerusalem Post 

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