"Cease-fire" is yet another hollow term, showing that the Palestinian representatives ... keep falling into the traps set for them by the politics of Israeli occupation. Talking for and against the cease-fire fits in with the distorted picture of reality that Israel has been constructing since September 2000, of two symmetric, fighting sides - in which the Palestinians are the aggressors and Israel, attacked, defends itself and retaliates," writes Amira Hass.
She goes on to show that there is no Israeli cease fire:
"Because the military occupation, even when it does not kill, is Israeli fire, which has not ceased for 40 years - regardless of the Palestinians' reactions or lack thereof.
Israeli fire includes the Civil Administration's every refusal of a permit to build a Palestinian house, every person who is denied passage from Gaza to the West Bank, every shekel of tax money that is not transferred to the Palestinians, every roadblock in the West Bank, every dunam of land stolen since June 1967, and every settlement - old or new, big or small, within the Israeli consensus or not. Neither the Qassams nor any negotiations process has managed to stop this Israeli fire."
Of course, "cease fire" is not the only hollow term used by some Palestinians. The militarized language of "Qassams," "brigades," and "operations," and the militarized fashion show that goes with them, has disastrously obscured that the Palestinians under occupation are a civilian population at the mercy of the overwhelming Israeli army crushing force.