HA­MAS ISO­LA­TION KEEPS GROW­ING

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - ANSHEL PF­EF­FER

WHILE the main Pales­tinian fac­tions have been try­ing to present a joint front in the cease­fire talks, the Fatah-Ha­mas unity agree­ment is fall­ing apart at the seams.

On Mon­day, Is­rael’s se­cu­rity ser­vice, the Shin Bet, re­vealed that in re­cent weeks it had ar­rested 93 Ha­mas mem­bers sus­pected of try­ing to over­throw the Fatah-dom­i­nated PA and carry out a new ter­ror campaign against Is­rael.

Is­rael and the PA co-op­er­ated in the round of ar­rests and this re­flects a shared hos­til­ity to­wards Ha­mas. Mean­while, dur­ing the Is­raeli op­er­a­tion in Gaza, Ha­mas placed dozens of Fatah ac­tivists un­der house ar­rest, in some cases shoot­ing their legs when they were caught out­doors. Th­ese de­vel­op­ments seem to pre­clude any pos­si­bil­ity of Pales­tinian unity.

As a con­se­quence, seems to be no al­ter­na­tive to Ha­mas con­trol of Gaza: all the sides are re­signed to Ha­mas stick­ing around in some form. They are aware that the al­ter­na­tive could be an­ar­chy in Gaza.

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