Israel, Hamas ‘Exchange Calming Messages’ on Gaza

benjamin_netanyahu APOded Balilt
AP/Oded Balilt

The Times of Israel reports:

Israel and Hamas have exchanged calming messages in recent days, assuring one another that they are not interested in open conflict, Hebrew media reported Friday.

The messages were conveyed through Turkey and Qatar, among other countries.

Security officials told Ynet news that Israeli security officials were concerned that rising tensions, on both sides of the border, over Hamas’s renewed efforts to tunnel under the Gaza border would cause the terror group to assume an Israeli assault was forthcoming. This could possibly lead it to attack Israel preemptively.

A senior Hamas official told The Times of Israel Thursday that Hamas does not want war and is committed to maintaining the fragile ceasefire with Israel.

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