Islamic State Deepens Grip in Future Palestine – Khaled Abu Toameh
(dailyalert.org, Jan. 29, 2015)
Hamas and other Palestinian groups are continuing to deny the obvious – Islamic State has managed to set up bases of power in the West Bank and Gaza. For Hamas, the fact that Islamic State has long been operating in Gaza is something that it does not want the world to know about. Last week, some 200 supporters of the Islamic State, who held up Islamic State flags, took to the streets of Gaza City to protest the latest cartoons published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Islamic State is also trying to set up bases of power in the West Bank. According to Israeli security sources, dozens of Hamas and Islamic Jihad members in the West Bank have defected to Islamic State in recent months. Their main goal, the sources said, is to topple the PA and launch terror attacks on Israel. Were it not for the IDF, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Islamic State would have toppled the PA and beheaded Abbas and his officials long ago.
Hamas and the PA cannot avoid responsibility for the emergence of Islamic State in Gaza and the West Bank. The glorification of terrorists and jihadists by the PA and the ongoing anti-Israel incitement by both the PA and Hamas are driving many Palestinians into the open arms of the Islamic State. (Gatestone Institute)