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Israel goes after both Hamas leaderships

If Hamas militants are holding an Israeli soldier in Gaza, why are Israeli jets buzzing the home of Syria’s president 180 miles away? The answer lies in the two poles of political power within Hamas – and the role played by the Islamic militants’ Damascus-based leader, Khaled Meshaal. Israel’s message to Hamas and to regional supporters in countries such as Syria is that it will not accept Hamas’s claim that political figures – in Gaza or abroad – act separately from the military wing. Mr. Meshaal has vowed that Hamas would continue to fight Israel, despite more moderate statements coming from Palestinian leaders elected in January. Full Story

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