Israel's Gaza Strategy Forces Hamas to Weigh the Economic Cost of Lashing Out

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Dov Lieber, Aaron Boxerman and Anas Baba

GAZA CITY—Tensions between Israel and Palestinian militants have twice erupted into violence in recent months, but Hamas, usually a central player in the long-running conflict, has sat out on both occasions.

Israeli officials and analysts in Gaza say the militant group, which seized control of Gaza in 2007 and now runs its government, is hamstrung by an Israeli policy that bypasses Hamas and provides direct economic benefits to residents of the Palestinian enclave.


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