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What's Hamas up to in Lebanon?

Saleh al-Arouri, deputy chief of Hamas' political bureau, is busy reinforcing the movement's presence in Lebanon and mending ties with Hezbollah.
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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has said Hamas is trying to develop a terror infrastructure in southern Lebanon from which to attack Israel. “The organization is in a tough place and is having a hard time carrying out terror attacks from the Gaza Strip,” he said during a Jan. 19 hospital visit to an Israeli special ops officer wounded in an operation to catch the Palestinian terror cell that murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach Jan. 9 in the West Bank.

As I recently wrote in Al-Monitor, Hamas was responsible for the murder of settler Havat Gilad near an Israeli outpost, and for the first time since its 2014 war with Israel, the organization did not try to blur its involvement in the attack or play down its desire to execute similar ones.

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