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Is Hamas preparing for long-term truce with Israel?

Hamas’ military wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has been implementing a series of military measures signifying a possible truce with Israel, but is not ruling out the possibility of a deadly confrontation.
Members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas march during a military graduation ceremony in Gaza City May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem


The cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, which has been in force since August 2014, is maintaining relative calm following the end of the 50-day war on Gaza. No breaches were recorded by either side except for rare incidents, most recently on May 27, when missiles were fired from both the Israeli and Palestinian sides following clashes between Hamas and the Salafists.

However, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, began taking a series of unprecedented steps in the beginning of 2015 in the confrontation with the Israeli army.

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