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Rantisi Killing Boosts Hamas' Popularity

Hamas has become more secretive and strapped for cash, but also more popular as a result of Israel’s attempt to crush the group, including the assassination of two leaders in a month. The Israeli strikes have put the Islamic militant group on the defensive, experts said, but have not wiped out its ability to take bloody revenge. Hamas is absorbing the blows in the midst of negotiating a possible power-sharing deal with the Palestinian Authority that would take effect after a proposed Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Full Story

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