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  • Exiled leader Khaled Mashaal (center), in his first visit to Gaza, joins Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (right) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the militant group. Once the target of an Israeli assassination attempt, Mr. Mashaal now is confident enough to enter Gaza and walk around in public. (Associated Press)

    Israel grows jittery of new Palestinian uprising

    The rising confidence and bellicosity of Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, combined with rapidly deteriorating relations with Israel's would-be peace partner in the West Bank, are raising jitters in Israel that a Palestinian uprising could be near.

  • Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal waves to Palestinian Hamas supporters during a rally to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the militant group, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Israel grows jittery of new Palestinian uprising

    The rising confidence and bellicosity of Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, combined with rapidly deteriorating relations with Israel's would-be peace partner in the West Bank, are raising jitters in Israel that a new Palestinian uprising could be near.

  • Exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal arrivaes at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Dec. 7, 2012. The exiled chief broke into tears as he arrived in the Gaza Strip for his first-ever visit, a landmark trip reflecting his militant group's growing international acceptance and its defiance of Israel. (Associated Press)

    Crowds greet Hamas chief on 1st-ever Gaza visit

    The exiled Hamas chief broke into tears Friday as he arrived in the Gaza Strip for his first-ever visit, a landmark trip reflecting his militant group's growing international acceptance and its defiance of Israel.

  • Smoke rises following an Israeli attack on smuggling tunnels on the border between Egypt and Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

    Israel bombing kills militant in Gaza Strip

    Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 100, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel.

  • ** FILE ** Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and Khaled Mashaal (right), chief of the Islamic militant group Hamas, sit with Qatar's crown prince, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, as they sign a reconciliation agreement in Doha, Qatar, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Thaer Ghanaim, Palestinian President's Office)

    Hamas strongman in Gaza rejects unity deal

    A rare public rift broke open Sunday in the usually tightly disciplined Islamic movement Hamas over a reconciliation deal that would require it to relinquish key areas of control in the Gaza Strip.

  • ** FILE ** Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and Khaled Mashaal (right), chief of the Islamic militant group Hamas, sit with Qatar's crown prince, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, as they sign a reconciliation agreement in Doha, Qatar, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Thaer Ghanaim, Palestinian President's Office)

    Palestinians take step toward unity

    After months of wavering, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took a decisive step Monday toward reconciliation with the Islamic militant group Hamas, a move Israel promptly warned would close the door to any future peace talks.

  • ** FILE ** In this Jan. 15, 2010, file photograph, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal speaks to journalists after his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon. Mashaal won't seek re-election, Hamas announced Saturday, paving the way for a leadership contest and possible struggle over the ideological direction of the Islamic militant group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

    Longtime Hamas leader Mashaal asks to quit

    Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal has decided not to seek another term, the movement said Saturday, paving the way for a possible leadership contest at a time when the anti-Israeli Islamic group faces far-reaching decisions on whether to stay the course of militancy or moderate.

  • Masked Hamas militants march with their guns Dec. 27, 2011, during a parade in Gaza City to mark the third anniversary of the Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2008. (Associated Press)

    Hamas official calls for halt on attacks against Israel

    A senior Hamas official has ordered the Islamist militant group to cease attacks on Israel, according to senior Fatah officials cited by the Ha'aretz daily newspaper.

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