June 14, 2007

Gaza Civil War Over Before It Began; Summer Campaign Dominoes Falling Into Place

I wrote on June 5th in a post called The Sliding War that "...the factions in Gaza are almost in, sliding into, on the brink of, and verging on being in a civil war, but they aren't there quite yet... and have been for over a year."

Now, it appears that the Gaza Civil War may be all but over, even before the media could recognize it.

From today's Jerusalem Post:

Hamas fighters overran Fatah-allied Preventive Security headquarters in Gaza City on Thursday, a key target in their battle to control the entire Gaza Strip, witnesses and a security agency official said.

One witness, Jihad Abu Ayad, said Hamas gunmen were bringing Preventive Security men out of the building and executing them in the street.

The headquarters was the last Fatah stronghold in Gaza City, and Fatah appears to be demoralized and all but collapsing.

If Hamas—an Iranian-supported terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel—wrests complete control of Gaza, it is indeed an ominous development.

A member of the Syrian Parliment, Mohammad al Habash, has already told al Jazeera that Syria is preparing for a summer war against Israel, and Hezbollah's deputy secretary Sheikh Naim Kassem has already stated that Hezbollah—rearmed by Iran and Syria after last year's battle with Israel in Lebanon—is also preparing for another summer "adventure" with Israel as well.

A map of the region shows why these claims are of such concern.


If the ominous rumblings by Syria and Hezbollah of a summer campaign against Israel are credible, then most if not all of northern Israel could be a potential battleground. If Hamas can consolidate power in Gaza, then they have the possibility of opening a weaker, but still lethal second front in the event of a summer war, diverting or dividing Israeli ground forces.

I strongly doubt that even a combined Syrian, Hamas, and Hezbollah offensive would have any strong chance of success, and hope that whatever their endgame strategy is, they realize that as well.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 14, 2007 07:45 AM

We need to let Israel off the chain, and allow them to defend the manner and timing of their choosing.

Let slip the dogs of war....

Posted by: LisaV (aka "Talismen - Lady Crusader against jihad") at June 14, 2007 09:40 AM

We have Israel on a chain ???

Posted by: John Ryan at June 14, 2007 11:24 AM

It's definitely shaping up to be an interesting summer.  I added a link to my 2007.06.14 Israel/Lebanon/Palistan Roundup .

Posted by: Bill Faith at June 14, 2007 06:32 PM

John Ryan said:
"We have Israel on a chain?"

Yes...we do.
We've had them on a chain, holding them back from defending themselves, for decades. How many times does Iran, Syria, Hizbollah, Hamas and others have to threaten Israel, before they are allowed to take out their enemies?

They are surrounded by those who wish to see them dead. They literally share borders with their enemies, or with countries which house their enemies. Yet, the US has always held them back, telling them "just continue to work for peace".

You cannot have peace with a movement that is fueled by jihadi islam. They do not seek peace....the seek conversion of their enemies, or death of all kafir's.

Posted by: LisaV (aka "Talismen - Lady Crusader against jihad") at June 14, 2007 08:13 PM

Lisa V is right: let slip the dogs of war'. I personally think those 'Jihadi Islamists' in the Palestinian Territories should be imprisoned, immediately, within walls of barbed wire and concrete; that their men should be summarily executed; and their women and children gassed; and their bodies cremated in vast ovens. 'They do not seek peace', as Lisa V. explains. For us peace-loving people in the West, this is the only adequate response.

Posted by: Geordie at June 17, 2007 08:04 AM