Not much chance that Fatah and Hamas will make peace, and both admit as
much. But in the meantime, Egypt is replacing Israel as the nation responsible
for Gaza. Egypt will now supply much more (than the current ten percent) electricity
to Gaza, and is already controlling the most active land crossings in and out
of Gaza. This puts Egypt at more risk, because of the growing number of Islamic
terrorists setting up shop in Gaza. Egypt has been battling Islamic terrorists
for two decades now, and is currently winning that battle. But if Gaza is
allowed to continue on as a terrorist refuge, more of those terrorists will
make attacks in Egypt. Hamas does not want to sacrifice reputation (as an Islamic
extremist organization) by cracking down on anti-Egypt Islamic terrorists, and
the Egyptians don't want more terrorists. This is all leading to an unspoken
solution; Egypt taking over Gaza and making it part of Egypt. This is what
should have happened sixty years ago. But the Arab world decided otherwise, and
have been fighting, and losing, ever since. As part of that failed strategy,
Jordan gave up its claims on the West Bank (which was part of Jordan, before
being captured by Israel during the 1967 war), once some of the inhabitants
invented the concept of being Palestinians. Getting Jordan to take back the
West Bank would be difficult, what with all the political poison now flowing
through the area.
are still being fired out of Gaza, into Israel. A dozen or more of the Kassam
rockets are landing in Israel each week. In the meantime, Israel continues to
hunt down and arrest terrorist leaders in the West Bank. There is a escalating
game of cat-and-mouse along the Israel-Gaza border. Israeli patrols and UAVs
seek out Hamas terrorists trying to plant bombs, launch rockets or get across
the fence. Increasingly, the Israelis are finding targets, and killing them.
But Hamas justifies its continued rule of Gaza by constantly trying to kill
Israelis. So, to keep Hamas in power, the war must go on.
2008: In the West Bank town of Qalqilyah, a feud between two Palestinian clans
left three dead and thirteen wounded. Over a hundred Palestinian police were
required to restore peace. Armed and aggressive Palestinian clans are becoming
more of a problem. The inability of the Palestinians to govern themselves has
left the traditional (as in thousands of years old) clan/tribe organization as
the only way to run things. But the clans have no easy way to settle disputes
between themselves, if only because Fatah, Israel and Hamas all refuse to recognize the power of
the heavily armed clans.
2008: Egypt released 34 Hamas members who had been arrested for tearing down
the Egyptian border fence. This was a good-will gesture to encourage Hamas to
make peace with Fatah and Israel.