Russian President Vladimir Putin told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that Moscow already has recognized a Palestinian state.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which is leading in the national elections in Egypt, said it will not recognize Israel.
Will Hamas in its power role moderate its radical positions or put Palestinian society on a collision course with Israel and the Western world?
This is the central question. There will be enormous pressure on Hamas to adopt a more pragmatic line. The European Union, which provides up to 90 percent of international aid to the Palestinians, is threatening to suspend its economic support unless Hamas recognizes Israel's right to exist and renounces violence, and the United States appears poised to do the same.
All things pass in Hollywood, but for Army Archerd. For 50 years, while great stars faded and powerful studio chiefs sank into obscurity, Archerd has written his daily column for Variety, the entertainment industry's must-read, and he can count the times he's missed a deadline on the fingers of one hand.
"Army is a legend in Hollywood and his column is read like the Bible," said Rabbi David Baron, Archerd's spiritual leader at Temple Shalom for the Arts.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the American Friends of the Hebrew University will recognize Archerd's "dedication, generosity and deep commitment to his community" by presenting him with the Scopus Award.