Senior IDF Officer: Hamas Wants to Avoid Clash Now, While Preparing for Future War

Militant group is building up its rocket stockpile, training naval commandos, and increasing special forces, officer says, but notes that Hamas has yet to fully recuperate from 2014 conflict.

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Hamas wants to complete its preparations for a possible war with Israel, but without triggering an escalation right now, a senior Israel Defense Forces officer in the Southern Command told reporters.