"Emboldened by the rising power of Islamists around the region, the Palestinian militant group Hamas demanded new Israeli concessions to its security and autonomy before it halts its rocket attacks on Israel, even as the conflict took an increasing toll on Sunday. Hamas, badly outgunned on the battlefield, appeared to be trying to exploit its increased political clout with its ideological allies in Egypts new Islamist-led government. The groups leaders, rejecting Israels call for an immediate end to the rocket attacks, have instead laid down sweeping demands that would put Hamas in a stronger position than when the conflict began: an end to Israels five-year-old embargo of the Gaza Strip, a pledge by Israel not to attack again and multinational guarantees that Israel would abide by its commitments. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel stuck to his demand that all rocket fire cease before the air campaign lets up, and Israeli tanks and troops remained lined up outside Gaza on Sunday. Tens of thousands of reserve troops had been called up. The army is prepared to significantly expand the operation, Mr. Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting. Hamass aggressive stance in the cease-fire talks is the first test of the groups belief that the Arab Spring and the rise in Islamist influence around the region have strengthened its political hand, both against Israel and against Hamass Palestinian rivals, who now control the West Bank with Western backing." http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/w...se-of-islamists-in-region.html?pagewanted=all UN Resolution 242 & 338 should be enforced here together with Hamas being neutralized as they are terrorists.