Tensions escalate between Islamic Jihad and Hamas

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 Tension between Islamic Jihad and Hamas escalates

Hours after the Gaza ceasefire went into effect on Sunday evening, Hamas and Islamic Jihad announced that they would not allow Israel to drive a wedge between the two groups.

further aggravated by the Israeli operation “Dawn”, which began on Friday.

"Many supporters of "Islamic Jihad" disappointed and feel betrayed because Hamas did not join the fighting”, — one of the sources said on Monday. "During the three days of fighting, the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad they didn't even speak directly to each other. They only communicated through intermediaries from Egypt and Qatar.”

Hamas critics have accused him of “ditching the Islamic Jihad under the bus” by not joining the fighting. They argued that Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, did not want to enter into a major new military confrontation with Israel for fear of losing control. over the coastal enclave.

Hamas, they added, recognizes that the Palestinians in Gaza are unprepared for another war in light of the high price they paid during last year's hostilities.

Other critics of Hamas argued that its leaders did not particularly regret that their rivals from Islamic Jihad, the second largest armed group in Gaza, were hit hard by military strikes by the IDF.

Over the past few years, the Palestinian and Arab media have been reporting growing tensions between Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

According to reports, Hamas is unhappy that Islamic Jihad is becomes the dominant and independent force in Gaza.

Tensions peaked last year after sources there said members of the Hamas “Izzadeen al-Qassam” detained Islamic Jihad militias who were planning to fire missiles at Israel.

The two groups now claim that one of Israel's main goals behind Operation Dawn was to turn them against each other , and that talk in Israel about Hamas' decision to stay on the sidelines during the fighting is intended to “sow discord and dissension” between Palestinians.

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