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AP Interview: Hamas deputy chief says militant group does not want another war with Israel

  • Palestinian Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Gaza City, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Hamas' No. 2 leader says the Islamic militant group does not want another war with Israel but suggests more fighting is inevitable unless Israel ends its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Marzouk said in an interview Thursday that Hamas emerged stronger from the recent 50-day war, despite military setbacks. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinian Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Gaza City, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Hamas' No. 2 leader says the Islamic militant group does not want another war with Israel but suggests more fighting is inevitable unless Israel ends its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Marzouk said in an interview Thursday that Hamas emerged stronger from the recent 50-day war, despite military setbacks. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk, listens during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Gaza City, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Hamas' No. 2 leader says the Islamic militant group does not want another war with Israel but suggests more fighting is inevitable unless Israel ends its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Marzouk said in an interview Thursday that Hamas emerged stronger from the recent 50-day war, despite military setbacks. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinian Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk, listens during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Gaza City, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Hamas' No. 2 leader says the Islamic militant group does not want another war with Israel but suggests more fighting is inevitable unless Israel ends its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Marzouk said in an interview Thursday that Hamas emerged stronger from the recent 50-day war, despite military setbacks. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Gaza City, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Hamas' No. 2 leader says the Islamic militant group does not want another war with Israel but suggests more fighting is inevitable unless Israel ends its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Marzouk said in an interview Thursday that Hamas emerged stronger from the recent 50-day war, despite military setbacks. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinian Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Gaza City, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Hamas' No. 2 leader says the Islamic militant group does not want another war with Israel but suggests more fighting is inevitable unless Israel ends its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Marzouk said in an interview Thursday that Hamas emerged stronger from the recent 50-day war, despite military setbacks. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

Hamas' No. 2 leader says the Islamic militant group does not want another war with Israel but suggests more fighting is inevitable unless Israel ends its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Moussa Abu Marzouk said in an interview Thursday that Hamas emerged stronger from the recent 50-day war, despite military setbacks.

A new poll indicated growing popular support for Hamas at the expense of its rival, Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas seized Gaza from Abbas in 2007.

Israel, Hamas and Abbas are expected to negotiate a new border deal for Gaza, but it's not clear when talks will begin.

Abu Marzouk says failure to reach a deal will lead to another war. He says that "we don't want that and the Israelis, I guess, don't like to see that again."