By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Yahya Sinwar has been the leader of Hamas for the past 6 months. He has not been a very public - until yesterday when he held a press briefing.
Sinwar warned Israel not to escalate tensions or attack Gaza. He asserted that Hamas is much more powerful than they were during the last conflict with Israel.
Sinwar said: "Hamas is not seeking a confrontation, but if such a confrontation should arise, Hamas will pummel Israel."
Sinwar warned Israel against "taking stupid steps against the Gaza Strip" and claimed that "the Palestinian resistance has the ability to respond to that."
There is no doubt that tensions wax and wane between Israel and Hamas.
Tensions will certainly rise to a level that will require a response - and that response may very well lead to an all out conflict, something approaching war war.
Hamas is saying that, should it come to another conflict, they will respond and, in the end, Israel will be hurt.
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