Will Hamas take over Gaza after pullout?

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 | 
Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority fear that the Islamic terrorist group Hamas will take over the Gaza Strip after the Israeli pullout this summer. Palestinian officials admit that Hamas is posing a major challenge to the PA. "There are Palestinian parties that are acting like a parallel authority," said Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. "I don’t think parallel authorities should be tolerated." Israeli generals are warning that a Hamas terror state could be established in Gaza after Israel pulls out this summer. So it’s no surprise that according to the latest poll, Israeli public support for the pullout is declining.

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