Hamas, an organization once partially funded by Israel as an alternative to the PLO, is now Israel’s worst nightmare as religious fundamentalists seize Gaza. Remember when Bush promised that the invasion of Iraq would bring sanity to the Mideast region?

New York Times:

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, faced the further collapse of his power in Gaza [Thursday] as fierce clashes continued and Hamas fighters took over the headquarters of Fatah’s Preventive Security forces and the military intelligence building in Gaza City.

Those two advances meant Hamas came close to full control of Gaza. Only the presidential compound of Mr. Abbas and the Suraya headquarters of the National Security Forces, the Palestinian army, remained under Fatah’s control. But Hamas had surrounded Al Suraya, calling on the occupants to surrender, and the compound was under attack [Thursday].

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