The son of senior Hamas militant Mazen Fuqaha sits on the shoulders of Hamas Gaza Chief Yehya Al-Sinwar during a memorial service for Fuqaha, in Gaza City March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel's politics are darkening: The governing coalition, in power for barely two years, is in tumult and regional tensions are rising.The difference now is how rapidly the picture has changed and how close it may be getting to shifting out of control, even if neither Israel nor Hamas nor Hezbollah seek war.At the same time, tension with Hamas has surged, especially after the assassination of one of its high-profile fighters last week, a death blamed on Israel.Hamas appointed a new leader in Gaza last month, Yahya Sinwar, who spent 20 years in an Israeli jail and is close to the movement's military wing.Since then, analysts have worried about the risk of another war after three major conflicts in the territory since Hamas seized power in 2007 .If Gaza is unpredictable, Hezbollah may be more so.In 2006, when Israel and Hezbollah last fought a war, the conflict began after shelling over the country's border with Lebanon and an ambush in which Hezbollah militants killed three Israeli soldiers and seized two others.
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