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Rantisi's Death Caps Dramatic Week in Mideast The death of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi followed a sea change in Middle East peace efforts. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon won support from the White House for his plan to pull out of Gaza while retaining some Jewish settlements in the West Bank. NPR's Brian Naylor speaks with Rami Khouri, executive editor of The Daily Star in Beirut, and Hersh Goodman, a senior fellow at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies in Jerusalem.