More background – this time on the rivalry between Hamas and the kidnappers of a BBC journalist in Gaza:
“All the while, though, we knew Hamas was eager to bring his kidnapping to an early end. Hamas wanted to resolve the Johnston kidnapping not wholly out of altruistic motivations. Much has been said and written about Hamas’ desire to project an image of law and order. But they also consider the pro-Fatah Daghmoush clan, out of which the Army of Islam was formed, the single biggest obstacle to complete control of Gaza.
My contacts there say sooner or later Hamas will move against the Daghmoush. Furthermore, Hamas leaders are worried the Army of Islam represents the thin end of al Qaeda’s wedge, and are determined to eradicate it, not because they’ve suddenly signed on to President George W. Bush’s so-called global War on Terror, but rather out of a Machiavellian desire not to be outflanked politically.”