Here is an account from Jihad Watch about the escalating violence between Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip. Gaza was a perfect test case. The Palestinians got their wish: Israel withdrew. Did they proceed to build the “peaceful democratic state” they have always sung of in their propaganda? Hardly. They are killing each other. Jihad Watch quotes the Jerusalem Post:
Hamas forces captured the headquarters of the Fatah-allied security forces in northern Gaza, seizing control of a key prize in the bloody power struggle between the sides, Hamas and Fatah officials said.
Hamas attacked the compound with mortars and automatic gunfire, and after several hours of battle, seized control, said Hamas commander Wael al-Shakra.
A Fatah security official confirmed the building had been lost. He said at least 10 people were killed and 30 wounded.
The attack was part of a full-scale assault launched by Hamas earlier Tuesday afternoon against Fatah security bases and positions in Gaza.
Hamas-affiliated television said that the organization overtook the entire northern section of the Gaza Strip. After airing the report, the station was attacked by PA security forces and forced to play pro-Fatah songs.
Israel Radio also reported that a top Fatah military official sent a message to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stating that security forces were holding their ground, but calling on the Fatah leader to order an end to the current policy of restraint, allowing troops to return fire. How in the world is Israel supposed to make peace?