Here's how it works:
1.) Hamas announces a 'hudna', but with conditions that they know in advance are completely unacceptable to Israel, and would be to any sane leader of any country (like releasing all 6000 terrorist prisoners, so they can rejoin the ranks of the terror armies that have perpetrated 18,500 attacks and caused 1,200 deaths and more than 6,000 injuries since the signing of the Oslo accords).
2.) It then declares unilateral acceptance of this one-sided 'hudna' without Israel's agreement to any of these insane conditions, and insists on
Israel's acceptance as well although Israel had no role in its formulation.
3.) It and other terror groups violate the cease-fire with 3 to 6 terror attacks daily that kill dozens and injure scores; knowing that these violations will be ignored by the media and most US leaders.
4.) Finally, when the opportunity is ripe, they announce that if Israel does not fulfill the conditions to which it never agreed, then it will be Israel's fault that the 'peace process' is not succeeding.
So now, even though Abbas and Hamas have VIOLATED ALL of the conditions of the Road Map's Phase I, failure can be blamed on Israel because Israel violates the 'hudna' by not releasing prisoners.
Although the release of prisoners is not part of the Road Map, Abbas has made it a top priority with Bush. Even though Israel has already agreed to free hundreds of prisoners with no blood on their hands, PA spokespersons insist that the release of thousands of trained, experienced, battle hardened terrorist murderers is a sine qua non for peace.