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JERUSALEM (Map, News) - Israel will drive a hard bargain to halt its offensive in the Gaza Strip, with no truce deal likely unless it crushes Hamas' ability to launch rockets and smuggle in weapons.
For Hamas, the sticking point is the opening of Gaza's borders - something that could cement the Islamic militant group's rule in the impoverished territory.
Despite protests abroad about the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, the Israeli incursion has overwhelming backing in Israel, where