Sep 18, 2014 11:39 AM
AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 says war a lesser option
The Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) Hamas' No. 2 leader says the Islamic militant group does not want another war with Israel but suggests more fighting is inevitable unless Israel ends its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza.
Moussa Abu Marzouk said in an interview Thursday that Hamas emerged stronger from the recent 50-day war, despite military setbacks.
A new poll indicated growing popular support for Hamas at the expense of its rival, Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas seized Gaza from Abbas in 2007.
Israel, Hamas and Abbas are expected to negotiate a new border deal for Gaza, but it's not clear when talks will begin.
Abu Marzouk says failure to reach a deal will lead to another war. He says that "we don't want that and the Israelis, I guess, don't like to see that again."