After seven days of Pillar of Defense, Hamas is scoring diplomatic points
It’s still too early to sum up Israel's operation in Gaza, but one can say with certainty that while Hamas may have suffered military blows, it has emerged as the party that Israel is negotiating with; Abbas and his Fatah faction have become irrelevant.
Indications from Cairo are that a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas is getting closer. Senior Egyptian officials confirmed to Haaretz that most of the clauses have essentially been agreed upon, and that during a planned meeting between Egyptian intelligence chief Gen. Raafat Shehata and his aide, Mohammed Ibrahim, with the heads of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Khaled Meshal and Ramadan Shallah, the last details...
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