A Palestinian Hamas fighter takes part in a rally marking the 30th anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem/File Photo
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The worst fighting on the Gaza Strip front since 2014 is being calibrated by Hamas, which wants to signal defiance of Israel and the United States while being careful not to trigger a new war for the enclave's penned-in Palestinians. Since President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on Dec. 6 by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinians in Gaza have launched 18 cross-border rockets – a third of all such attacks in 3 1/2 years of relative quiet.Gaza's neighborhoods still bear the scars of the destruction caused by Israeli attacks during a seven-week conflict in 2014 .But ordinary Israelis and Palestinians are keenly aware that even a single incident – a rocket causing multiple fatalities in Israel or Israeli forces killing a Hamas leader – could set off a conflagration that would be beyond their leaders' control.Two Hamas gunmen have died in retaliatory Israeli airstrikes and 15 protesters from Israeli gunfire.Israel has gone out of its way to blame Islamic Jihad and other groups for the rocket and mortar attacks, rather than Hamas, and even gave grudging credit to Hamas for being mindful of Palestinian civilian needs.Israel also has problems elsewhere.
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