Despite a lot of talk about disarming HAMAS, the movement has been bolstered by the Israeli exit and is in no mood to give up its weapons. Expect instead that HAMAS will effectively share power with the PA in Gaza. Meantime, with Israeli settlement activity intensifying in the West Bank HAMAS will make a strong argument staying well armed.
Here the elusive HAMAS bombmaker Mohammed Deif surfaces in a video.
Haaretz - Israel News - Hamas terrorist Mohammed Deif makes rare video appearance: "Hamas released on Saturday a rare videotape of a man it said is the shadowy bombmaker who has eluded security forces for more than a decade.
"The man, identifying himself as fugitive bombmaker Mohammed Deif, described the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip as a victory for armed resistance, rejected calls for his group to disarm, and vowed to continue attacks on Israel until it is erased from the map.
"Deif, widely believed to be at the top of Israel's most-wanted list, is responsible for the deaths of dozens in suicide bombings."