Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar makes 1st public appearance since IDF Gaza op

Senior Hamas leader in Mahmoud Zahar appeared in public on Saturday for the first time since Israel launched Operation Cast Lead six weeks ago. Zahar led a Hamas delegation to a new round of cease-fire talks in Egypt, crossing the border from Gaza into Egypt together with three other Hamas officials, en route to Cairo. Zahar told reporters Hamas would be flexible about who will take charge of reconstruction in the Strip, where thousands of homes and buildings were destroyed or damaged during the war, causing an estimated $2 billion in damages.