Someone should propose a “two-state solution” — not with Israel, but between Hamas and Fatah. It would be instructively absurd, demonstrating that “sharing” land they feel absolutely entitled to will never be enough. If they can’t share “Palestinian” land among themselves, how would they share with Israel in a two-state solution?
“Hamas captures Fatah security HQ,” from 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.
Less then an hour after the attack, Abbas called for an immediate cease-fire.
Also on Tuesday afternoon, Fatah announced that within several hours, the faction would decide whether to stay in the unity government with Hamas, or leave the Palestinian Authority government altogether, Israel Radio reported.
The announcement coincided with a Hamas attack on the National Security
headquarters in Gaza, an incident which followed a recent threat of such action by the extremist Islamic faction. National Security is one of the armed forces affiliated with
Hamas also announced that Fatah must evacuate all buildings used by Military
Intelligence, the Revolutionary Guard, National Security and Preventive Security.
Hamas and Fatah signed a truce and agreed on setting up a unity government in
Riyadh under the auspices of Saudi Arabia in March, but gunmen in Gaza took to the streets
on numerous occasions since then and internecine bloodshed never ceased completely.