Hamas’s prime minister in the Gaza Strip recently relayed a direct message to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affirming that the terror organization has no interest in furthering its conflict with Israel and seeking restraint on Israel’s part, Palestinian and Israeli security sources told The Times of Israel.

The message, relayed by Ismail Haniyeh through Israeli-American mediator Gershon Baskin, came after an escalation of violence between the sides threatened to spiral out of control two weeks ago.

Baskin, who founded the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information and was instrumental in brokering the deal that saw kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit released from Gaza in 2011, confirmed the message had been sent through him.