HAMAS ISOLATION KEEPS GROWING
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.