"Everyone in Gaza knows who is holding Johnston," a Palestinian officer who is a member of Fatah says bitterly. "But no one dares to take action against them. The Sabra neighborhood where the Durmush clan members live looks like a giant army camp. Hamas and Fatah are busy fighting each other rather than preparing a plan to take over Sabra."
If the Palestinian authority, the PLO, Fateh, Hamas, and all the rest of them cannot control one clan, how are they going to lead or liberate or protect a nation?
This is not a rhetorical question.
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Yes, I know it's an article in Haaretz by an Israeli who is using this to imply that the Israeli occupation was better for Gaza, which will make Haaretz readers feel better (assuming they were feeling bad to begin with). However, the Israeli occupation of Gaza has not ended and what's going on there is a result of the distorted political and economic reality that Gaza finds itself in. With this said, the @#$% that is happening, which is being reported by the Palestinian media and human rights organizations, points to a momentous failure of the Palestinian leadership. It's this that concerns me. It leaves the Palestinians in a very very vulnerable situation, which I find truly scary.