My enemy's enemy is my friend
Hamas is claiming that Jund Ansar Allah, the organization with which it had a shootout over the weekend, is funded by none other than Mohamed Dahlan
, Fatah's former security chief in Gaza, who was elected to Fatah's central committee last week.
The Palestinian sources said Hamas revealed the documents some two months ago, long before the decision to attack the mosque in Rafah was reached.
According to the documents, the sources claimed, the al-Qaeda loyalists' activity was financed a number of Arab states, as well as by Dahlan's associates.
Jund Ansar Allah, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, has been critical of Hamas because it has not been moving quickly enough to turn Gaza into an Islamic Caliphate. But that's not the real reason that Hamas despises Jund Ansar Allah:
Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad said the clashes did not involved "an outlawed group that wanted to carry out terror attacks and deems all those who do not agree with it heretics."
The minister said the al-Qaeda inspired group refused to fight alongside Hamas during Israel's offensive in Gaza in early 2009.
"They said it is a war of heretics against heretics, and held suspicious ties with the security forces in Ramallah," Hamad said.
Let's bring on that civil war. Faster, faster....