The terrorist gang meets a public that is newly demanding accountability
from Israel's Intelligence and Information Center on the reactions and events since Yusra Azzami was murdered by a Hamas "morality" death squad on a beach outing with her fiancé is quite interesting. Both the media and Palestinians expressing themselves on websites were uniformly harsh on Hamas, which shrank apologetically, paid reparations to the grieving family, and continues to claim not to have a religious police. The force of civilian indignity at the atrocity by Hamas proved quite potent, as it did in the IRA's case, and has caused Hamas a dramatic loss of face. If these guerrillas think they can swim as fish in the sea of the people, they should beware not to be tossed on the waves and thrown out.
Almost as encouraging as Hamas being held accountable by mere civilians, a lot of the complaints that I read by Palestinians were that the Palestinian Authority's rule is not supreme, and that Hamas is setting itself up as an alternative government. They long for a single government and criticized Abu Mazen for not providing the security that he has promised. If Palestinians themselves demand to be ruled by their democratic government and not by an unelected gang, there is a small basis for hope.
Hamas was also recently forced to admit making a mistake and pay restitution to the family for killing a suspected collaborator. On both the religious front and the political front, they're overreaching, and biting the hand that feeds them by outraging civilians. If they think they can afford this, they're mistaken.
Dr. Elias al-Madani's lament is particularly poignant: