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As Gaza cease-fire holds, Israel eases economic blockade

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Gil Karie, a spokesman for the army's civil liaison office, said 90 truckloads of humanitarian supplies were allowed in to Gaza on Sunday, up from about 65. Mr. Karie said the army will continue to review the cease-fire, and plans to gradually boost the amount of supplies allowed in to Gaza.

In its official statements, Israel took pains to argue that the truce was not the product of negotiations with Hamas, but rather of an Egyptian compromise proposal. "The Israeli position regarding Hamas as a terror organization has not changed one iota," read a Foreign Ministry announcement.

But beyond its newfound credibility as an partner (even if indirect) for talks, Hamas is now in a position to demonstrate to Israel, the Arab world, and the international community that it has the ability and will to enforce a truce in Gaza over objections of myriad militant groups there. It's a sign of sovereignty that would strike a contrast with the inability of President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority to control armed groups.

Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin told a parliamentary panel that he doesn't believe Hamas has the will to use force to enforce the cease-fire, Haaretz reported. Meanwhile, the father of captured Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit, Noam, petitioned the Supreme Court against the cease-fire. Mr. Shalit argued that the reopening of Gaza's border crossings will give captors a chance to smuggle Gilad out of Gaza.

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