Starvation is apparently a very effective bargaining chip.
Hamas said today it is prepared to accept a partial truce that would cover only the Gaza Strip, in an apparent softening of the Islamist group's position.
Israeli sources credit the turnabout in Hamas's position to the economic and military pressure on Gaza, the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported. It said senior Israeli officials had noted a change in Hamas positions in recent days, at least in seeking a lull in fighting in Gaza. But Israel has yet to commit itself officially to a ceasefire and is waiting for a detailed proposal to be delivered via Egypt.