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New Winds in Mideast Favor Hamas


For years, the imposing black gate that sealed the border between Egypt and Gaza symbolized the pain and isolation that decades of conflict have wrought on this tiny coastal strip, especially under Hamas in recent years. But recently, the gate has come to represent a new turn for the increasingly confident Hamas leadership. For the talks with his main rival, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, who leads the Fatah party, Hamas’s leader, Khalid Meshal, will arrive at with a sense of regional winds at his back.

New York Times, United States

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