Over the weekend a bomb went off on a Gaza City beach, killing 6 people, including 5 members of Hamas. But it was not an IDF attack; rather, the prime suspects are members of Fatah, the organization currently in charge in the West Bank. In response, Hamas rounded up as many as 200 Fatah operatives in the Gaza strip — a move that in turn triggered the arrests of about 30 Hamas people, including 2 officials, in the West Bank.
Perhaps there is nothing new here, except that to use the word “crackdown” when the crackers are Hamas and the crackees are loyalists to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas suggests how far we have come in accepting Hamas rule in Gaza as a fait accompli. There really are two Palestinian governments now, two authorities. So please, speak not of a “Palestinian State” happening any time soon. Right now it looks like there will be two of them, or none at all.