Palestinian Civil War
By Micah Halpern
Monday June 5, 2006
Hamas is losing it's lead - politically, militarily, economically, socially.
Student government elections in several Gaza colleges, divisions of al Quds University, gave Fatah 70% of their vote. Last year that same 70% went to Hamas. Student elections in West Bank universities gave Fatah the same lead.
Shootouts between Hamas and Fatah are routine, daily occurrences. Innocents, like a pregnant woman in one of the latest clashes, are being killed in the cross fire. Fatah is putting its military on alert. Hamas is appointing new police.
Tuesday's referendum deadline is almost here. There might be a chance for an extension, but little to no chance of a compromise.
The internal Palestinian situation is looking bad for Hamas.
The worse it gets for Hamas, the closer the Palestinian Authority gets to civil war.