Palestinian Islamic Jihad Has Become a Major Threat to Hamas

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - The fighting in Gaza shows that Hamas is no longer the sole decision-maker on matters related to military confrontations with Israel. It illustrates that Islamic Jihad is capable of acting as an independent military force without having to coordinate with, or receive permission from, Hamas. In addition to Islamic Jihad, other armed groups have joined in firing rockets at Israel. These groups are affiliated with Fatah, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Popular Resistance Committees and Nasser Salah a-Din Brigades. However, by Saturday afternoon, Hamas had not joined the current round of fighting. It's obvious that Hamas does not want Islamic Jihad to drag it into another all-out confrontation with Israel. Hamas' biggest fear is that another war could trigger a revolt against its regime by the Palestinians in Gaza.

2022-08-07 00:00:00

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