From the outside it looks like a fait accompli. The occupied territories are now split into two Palestinian entities. Gaza is consolidating itself under Hamas control, and the West Bank is still under Fatah control. This split will not work to
The situation in the
Hamas never showed pragmatism. They made maximum use of their hate propaganda for
Hamas is dead set on an agenda that is genocidal and terrorist. Even within Hamas, there are extremist groups such as those responsible for the kidnap of the Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit and the British BBC correspondent, Alan Johnston. The release of these captives remains uncertain and cynical use of psychological warfare is being used by Hamas by threats of death to these captives if their demands are not met indefinitely.
It is doubtful if Hamas does intend to rule
The danger of a Hamas take over of the
It remains to be seen whether the recent Sharm-el-Sheik
Emergency governments are not usually supported by the people. The air should be cleared by Abu Mazen by moving towards new Palestinian elections which could improve his power base.