|Hebron, November 2012: Ostensibly under Fatah control |
but it's Hamas that is orchestrating the street rallies
[Image Source: European Pressphoto Agency]
This Ongoing War..
23 December '12..
A week ago, we published parts of an important essay by the Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh entitled "Palestinians: The Third Intifada Has Begun" [see "17-Dec-12: Winning friends and influencing people by waging war"]. It starts with this blunt warning:
By allowing Hamas to celebrate its 25th anniversary in the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority leadership is paving the way for a third intifada against Israel. In fact, in the past few days, the third intifada has already begun...
Anyone who reads it will understand that it's now impossible to claim - as people were doing up until the last few weeks - that the allegedly 'moderate' Mahmoud Abbas regime in one of the two Palestines is a viable alternative to the radical Gaza-based Hamas terrorist regime in the other of the two Palestines.
What's increasingly obvious, even to people who don't pay such close attention, is that Hamas has the attention, the support and the loyalty of the masses in the Abbas-controlled West Bank. It appears to be only a matter of time before Hamas takes overt control.