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Experts say Gaza and Israel have fought with restraint, but rising tensions could still flare into ‘an unnecessary war’

Lasting peace hinges on restraint for both sides — but experts question how long Israelis will support Netanyahu's nuanced approach to peace.
A general view of the Israeli city of Ashkelon, as an Iron Dome anti-missile fires near the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border, November 12, 2018.

The rocket battle between Israel and Hamas is risking a major war — here’s what the fighting looks like

The rocket fire between Israel and Hamas is the most serious escalation of hostilities since the 2014 war.
An explosion is seen during an Israeli air strike on Hamas's television station in Gaza City on Monday.

Israel and Hamas’ massive overnight rocket battle threatens to become a major war

A botched Israeli operation that killed seven Palestinian fighters and Hamas' response with rockets means fighting has reached levels not seen since 2014.

More than 180 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip overnight, and Israel retaliated with deadly airstrikes

Palestinian militants in Gaza launched at least 180 rockets at Israel overnight, with Israel retaliating by pounding the Gaza Strip with deadly airstrikes. Seven Israelis and eight Palestinians were wounded, and three Palestinians including a pregnant woman and child were killed in the escalation.

Hamas reportedly created a fake dating app to lure Israeli soldiers and steal security information

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers were contacted on social media by fake profiles and asked to download various fake apps which would allow militants in Gaza to access soldiers' phone numbers, cameras and microphones remotely.

Hamas is escalating its rocket attacks on Israel, and that could damage the Palestinian cause in more ways than one

Opinion: When they hear the siren sound, Israelis have 15 seconds to run into a shelter before rockets hit. On Tuesday, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired a barrage of rockets into Israel from Gaza.

Most of the people killed in the Gaza violence this week were affiliated with a terrorist organization

Opinion: The Health Ministry in Gaza said more than 60 people died in the recent Gaza border conflict. On Wednesday, a Hamas official said that 50 of the Palestinians who died were Hamas affiliates. This context has gone largely unnoticed in mainstream coverage of the conflict.

Hamas, an anti-Israel terror group, is enjoying a huge propaganda boost from the Gaza protests

Hamas itself admits to sending fighters to the protests, and a young man interviewed at the protests intended to fly a kite with swastikas over the Israeli borders to burn Jewish people because he embraces the anti-Semetic components of Nazism.