If Hamas doesn’t meekly surrender power, which is unlikely, could this escalate beyond stopping the payment of salaries to Hamas clerks? Of course, it could. Readers of my book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS will be aware that jihad is by no means limited to warfare against non-Muslims, although that is common enough; jihad warfare between rival Muslim groups, each claiming superior Islamic authenticity, is just as common.
“Abbas’s ultimatum to Hamas: ‘Four weeks to hand over Gaza,’” by Hadas Labrisch, Jerusalem Post, October 5, 2018:
In talks between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave Hamas an ultimatum – give the PA full control of the Gaza Strip by the end of the month, or suffer the consequences, according to a statement made by an official in the PA presidency bureau to Kan news on Thursday night.
Hamas leadership and senior Palestinian Authority officials concluded a round of talks in Cairo with little results, Israeli media reported Thursday night.
Abbas is reportedly threatening cessation of all funds to the Strip if Hamas refuses.
“Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas, President of the PA] is trying to deteriorate the situation in Gaza,” MK Yuval Steinitz commented on Army Radio.
Last week, Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar claimed that Abbas is planning on taking severe measures against the organization, such as stopping the transfer of salaries to Hamas clerks – a longtime issue and well known ultimatum card between the Palestinian leader and Hamas….
Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer