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**FILE** Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas prime minister of the Gaza Strip, delivers a speech in front of portraits of the late Iranian revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (left), and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a visit to Tehran on Feb. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and Khaled Mashaal (right), chief of the Islamic militant group Hamas, sit with Qatar's crown prince, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, as they sign a reconciliation agreement in Doha, Qatar, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Thaer Ghanaim, Palestinian President's Office)

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Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (left) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are scheduled to meet next week to discuss actions on a deal reached in May to end a 4 1/2-year rift between Hamas and Mr. Abbas' Fatah party. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian Hamas supporters hold banners of prisoners arrested by the Palestinian Authority and call for their release during a protest in the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 15, 2010, file photograph, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal speaks to journalists after his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon. Mashaal won't seek re-election, Hamas announced Saturday, paving the way for a leadership contest and possible struggle over the ideological direction of the Islamic militant group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

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Masked Hamas militants march with their guns Dec. 27, 2011, during a parade in Gaza City to mark the third anniversary of the Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2008. (Associated Press)

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Hamas militant Fakhri Barghouti waves to the crowd after arriving in the West Bank city of Ramallah after his release in October. Palestinian prisoners freed by Israel in a swap for an Israeli soldier are racing to make up for lost time. Many of the 477 ex-inmates are getting married, building homes or enrolling in college. (Associated Press)

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Released Hamas militant Fakhri Barghouti waves to the crowd after arriving in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. The Hamas militant group released an Israeli soldier Tuesday more than five years after his capture, turning him over to Egyptian mediators in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. Sentenced to life for killing an Israeli, Barghouti had spent 34 years in prison, making him one of the longest-serving inmates. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, left, stands with released Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Al Hasani, center, among others as they celebrate during a welcoming ceremony, in Gaza City, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

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Freed Palestinian prisoner Palestinian Khalil Abu Alba who deliberately drove a bus into a crowd of Israelis killing 8 people, is greeted by Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh during a rally celebrating the release of Palestinian prisoners in Gaza City, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

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Freed Palestinian prisoner Palestinian Yehiye Sinwar, a founder of Hamas' military wing, center, is greeted by Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh during a rally celebrating the release of Palestinian prisoners in Gaza City, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. Sinwar, a founder of Hamas' military wing, told the crowd that Palestinian militant groups must win freedom for the remaining prisoners by "all necessary means. Sinwar, among those freed Tuesday, had been sentenced to life for his role in the abduction and killing of two Israeli soldiers in the 1980's. He stopped short of calling for new abductions in his speech, but did so in interviews earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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Released Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit is escorted by members of Hamas and Egyptian mediators on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing, Monday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Khalid Farid)

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In this image from Egypt TV on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit is seen at an undisclosed location in the Gaza-Egypt border area accompanied by Hamas guards as he is moved into Egypt from captivity in Gaza, beginning an elaborate prisoner swap deal in which hundreds of Palestinian inmates are to be freed in return for the captured tank crewman. (AP Photo/ Egypt TV)

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Palestinian Hamas supporters celebrate the announcement of a prisoner swap deal with Israel, in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip on Oct. 11, 2011. Israeli and Hamas have reached a deal to free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, held by Hamas-linked militants in the Gaza Strip since 2006, in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, officials from both sides said. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Israeli Defense Forces Sgt. Gilad Schalit has been held by Hamas since 2006. (AP Photo, File)

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Israeli soldiers patrol during a military operation in the West Bank city of Hebron early on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011. Israeli troops rounded up 50 Hamas activists in the West Bank in an overnight raid, Palestinian security officials said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

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Illustration: Hamas by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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ASSOCIATED PRESS/HAMAS MEDIA OFFICE Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (center left) shakes hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Cairo on Wednesday after agreement on a reconcilation pact. Left unresolved was who will lead the government to be formed. There was also no mention of relations with Israel.

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Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh insists Hamas won't give up control of its security forces or of Gaza after a unity pact with the Palestinian Authority, set to be signed Wednesday, takes effect. (Associated Press)

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Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh insists Hamas won't give up control of its security forces or of Gaza after a unity pact with the Palestinian Authority, set to be signed Wednesday, takes effect. (Associated Press)