They are slowly but surely gaining more international recognition because of this conflict while the western-backed PA looks as toothless as ever. Israel has made the same mistake they did in 2006 against Hezbollah by believing that their overwhelming military advantage can overcome all obstacles. Despite days of air strikes, the rockets continue and a ground invasion will not end the rocket fire on a long term basis. Israel has to choose between a ground invasion or political settlement - with either scenario likely benefiting Hamas in the long run.
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Hostage-taking in French town ends, hostages safe (AP)
from the article: LIVE BLOG: Day 6 of Israel-Gaza conflict 2012