Palestinian Walid Salem offers this projection of events. His prediction that Hamas will attempt to Islamize Egypt is alarming. It is interesting in view of persistent reports that Egypt will support the Hamas in order to combat Al-Qaeda. The two ideas are not mutually exclusive. Both sides will try to use each other. As he points out, Hamas will probably make order in Gaza, providing some benefit to the average citizens. This is, in fact already beginning to happen according to reports.
Salem is right of course that Islamist tendency is on the ascendant, and the Arab Nationalism and "National Liberation Movement" ideas of the 60's which were the mainspring of Fateh/PLO ideology are failing. Add to this the money and training provided by Iran and other countries, and you have a fairly lethal mixture. Additionally, many people pointed out that Yasser Arafat was probably the only leader who could unite the Palestinians, and many predicted that with the death of Yasser Arafat, it was only a matter of time before the PLO/PNA disintegrated.
Those who insist that Israel is somehow at fault for the barbarities that took place in Gaza and the rise of the Hamas, should consider that had the borders been open as they insisted, Hamas would have imported heavy arms. If free passage to the West Bank were opened, as even now Mahmoud Abbas is demanding, Hamas would be free to spread its influence there as well.
Walid Salem is not a Zionist of course, and the opinions expressed below are his own.
This article is taken from Middle East - MidEastWeb where it is published as: Gaza Coup: Islamization is coming.
Additional articles in this series are listed at the conclusion.
(1) The rise of Islam in Gaza
In response to the events in Gaza last week, Dr. Sa'eb Erekat the Head of PLO Negotiations Department, said on 14/6/2007 "This is the worst event Palestine witnessed since 1967 war defeat".
Ami Isseroff on 06.20.07 @ 01:43 AM CST [link]