But this is totally irrelevant, as a good TT source (DG) just recently told me:
“clan leaders aligned with Hamas are just as much ‘leaders’. Terrorist groups depend on clan support. You have different forms and tiers of leadership. It’s not a simple model. Hamas isn’t the Pentagon.
Just like in Iraq and elsewhere in the M.E. where clans and tribes rule with an iron fist, so to in Gaza and in P.A. controlled areas. Nothing happens without their say so, that includes terrorist regimes, they are one in the same though they go by different tribe names and allegiances. You have to stop thinking in Western terms and realize that you’re dealing with a completely different set of organizational entities and way of life.
NOTE: It’s one major reason why Hamas and Fatah will never ever let go of their internal and eternal feud, they have the backing of completely different clans and tribes. What we saw in Libya just a few years ago, was a complete break down of tribal alliances which eventually led to the downfall, rape and murder of Gaddafi. As the influential clans go, so does the greater population.
When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region.
But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas’s handiwork after all.
BuzzFeed reporter Sheera Frenkel was among the first to suggest that it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Citing Palestinian sources and experts in the field, Frenkel reported that kidnapping three Israeli teens would be afoolish move for Hamas. International experts told her it was likely the work of a local group, acting without concern for the repercussions:
[Gershon Baskin] pointed out that Hamas has earlier this month signed an agreement to form a unity government with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, bridging, for the first time in seven years, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza.
“They will lose their reconciliation agreement with Abbas if they do take responsibility for [the kidnappings],” Baskin added.