Internal Conflict in Gaza May Scuttle Withdrawal

(Ha'aretz) Danny Rubinstein - Few believe that anything will come of all the preparations that the Egyptians and Palestinians are making in advance of the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. A Gaza journalist says that everyone in the Strip is fighting everyone else. A few hundred senior Fatah activists are embroiled in ongoing, violent internal wrangling for power, budgets, vehicles, apartments, and offices. These brawls are characteristic of a ruling party that has goodies to distribute to its supporters. Now that the Palestinian power "pie" has shrunk greatly, the skirmishes have become intense. The increasing anarchy in Gaza will make the Israeli withdrawal more difficult.

2004-09-21 00:00:00

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