Mideast Israel Palestinians Hamas

December 6, 2012 - 5:33 PM
FILE - In this Friday Nov. 5, 2010, file photo, the leader of Hamas Khaled Mashaal addresses the crowd during a rally at the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, Syria, Hamas’ exiled supreme leader visits the Gaza Strip for the first time this weekend on a landmark trip to the sliver of land ruled by his Islamic militant movement. The visit signals growing regional acceptance of the once isolated Hamas and even grudging acquiescence by Israel in the wake of an eight-day battle last month that ended with a cease-fire between the bitter enemies. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)