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January 5, 2009 - Vol. 10, Issue 19

THE STATE OF THE WAR; ISRAELI CALLS FOR A CEASEFIRE; ELEMENTS OF A CEASEFIRE; HAMAS QUESTION DIVIDES ARAB, MUSLIM LEADERS; RECOGNIZING HAMAS, HELPING ABBAS?; WAR TIME POLLS; WILL ISRAEL CRACK DOWN ON INCITEMENT?

THE STATE OF THE WAR: The ten days since Israel launched a massive military operation in the Gaza Strip, in response to repeated rocket and mortar attacks, have left more than 500 Palestinians dead. Israeli security sources estimate that 14% are civilians. Other sources put that figure at roughly 25%.