The analogy put forth by Jacob (#2) is spot on. Read up on the methodology of the Nazi rise to power. The "coupe" Hamas attempted is a reprise of the "Night of the Long Knives" (1934) when Hitler's SS eradicated the SA leadership and key members. Sort of like their version of "Hamas" vs. "Fatah". The analogy is actually very good...none of the groups referred to (Germany or Gaza)gave a fig about democracy.
Report: Car bomb kills 10 in Syrian port city (AP)
from the article: Abbas: No dialogue with 'murderous terrorists' in Hamas