Protesters wave Palestinian flags during clashes with Israeli troops on the border between Israel and Central Gaza Strip October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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For Hamas, the Islamist group that has controlled Gaza since 2007, this month's surge in violence across Israel, Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank is an opportunity not to be missed.Its rival political movement, Fatah, based in the West Bank and headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has quietly accepted the violence and used traditional language to praise the 55 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces as "martyrs".But Hamas has been far more explicit in its call for a new intifada like those of the past. It also pointed to rising support for armed resistance to Israeli occupation over negotiations, and that Hamas was gaining on Fatah, with voters evenly split over who to back.
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