Hamas: We Are Not Seeking War with Israel

The Jerusalem Post reports: Hamas is not interested in starting a war with Israel, deputy Hamas chief in Gaza Khalil al-Hayya said on Tuesday.

“We are not trying to start a war. We don’t want one and we don’t hope for one,” Hayya told a press conference in Gaza. “We are committed to the cease-fire that Egypt brokered as long as the occupation is committed to it.”

Egypt brokered the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that ended Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Tensions between Hamas and Israel have been on the rise since the mysterious assassination last month of Mazen Fuqaha, who was a senior member of the Hamas’s military wing—the Izzeldin Kassam Brigades.

Hamas blamed Israel for the assassination and vowed to exact revenge.

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