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Friday, February 13, 2009

Is a Hamas Deal Near?

There have been some press reports, starting with Al-Hayat and echoed in Israel, suggesting that Hamas might be close to a truce deal that would release Gilad Shalit. Such stories have circulated before and always led nowhere, but if Hamas is going to make any conciliatory gestures to a new, likely harder-line Israeli leadership, now might the time to do it.

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