Israel said it achieved its main objective, halting rocket fire from Gaza, but as part of Egypt’s cease-fire deal also agreed to consider easing Gaza border restrictions.
The message being heard by many West Bankers is that Hamas’ violent ways produce results and that Abbas’ approach of non-violence and negotiations has failed.
Khatib, who returned to academia after his government job, said that at his Bir Zeit University in the West Bank, there are signs of growing radicalization among student activists of Abbas’ Fatah movement.
Fatah gunmen had been involved in clashes with Israeli troops during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, a decade ago, but Abbas got them off the streets and into security jobs after becoming president in 2005.
The Facebook page of the Fatah youth movement, Shabibah, this week posted a picture of a Tel Aviv bus bombing that wounded several Israelis, with the caption ‘‘Fatah was here,’’ though a Hamas activist was later arrested as a suspect.
Among younger Fatah activists, there are also growing misgivings over Abbas’ security coordination with Israel in the West Bank, meant to keep a lid on Hamas.
Abbas has been one of the most outspoken opponents of violence, telling an Israeli TV audience this month that ‘‘there is no justification for rocket fire from Gaza or anywhere else.’’
But with Hamas celebrating victory in Gaza, the militants are now pushing back against Abbas’ crackdown on them in the West Bank.
Hundreds of Hamas supporters took to the streets on Friday, defiantly raising their movement’s green flags, a rare sight in recent years. In Ramallah, Abbas’ seat of government, some 300 Hamas supporters marched in the streets, chanting, ‘‘Resistance has won.’’
Laub reported from Gaza City, Gaza Strip.