Yahoo! News - Jan 21 4:28 AM
looks powerless to stop the barrage of rockets from Hamas-ruled Gaza.
The Islamic militants, choked by a blockade of their territory, find it
increasingly difficult to hold on to power. And moderate Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas is facing growing pressure to suspend peace
talks because of Israel's strikes in Gaza.
No one appears able
to win the upper hand in this volatile three-way standoff.
Israel's mighty military has not
found a way to halt the crude rockets, short of a full-scale invasion of
Gaza. Hamas can't govern effectively because of the crippling economic
sanctions, and Gazans are becoming increasingly vocal in their
complaints about their rulers' failure to provide basic services.
Abbas is too weak to regain
control of Gaza. The TV images of Israeli missiles pounding Hamas
targets and Gaza City's residents huddling in darkness have deepened the
image of Abbas as an ineffective leader, while Hamas has gained
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