SDHD: "It`s quite obvious that Israel no longer has the authority in the region, but that Hamas does." No, that is not obvious at all, SDHD. SDHD: "Who do you go to if you want a building permit in Gaza?" SDHD: "Who do you go to if you want a marriage license?" SDHD: "Who do you go to if a crime is committed?" My friend has just shown us that he does not understand the difference between a) "the functions of govt" and b) "authority". An example: during the German occupation of Norway you went to Vidkun Quisling if you wanted a building permit, or a marriage license, or if you wanted to complain about a robbery. Because those "functions of govt" were exercised by his government, not by the German Army. Q: So was the German Army the occupying power in Norway? A: Yep. Q: How so? A: That German Army retained the AUTHORITY to sweep Quisling out whenever they wanted to. That is "effective control", and the IDF claims the same right with respect to Gaza.
Iraq calls Turkish assault on Kurdish militants a dangerous escalation (Reuters)
from the article: Four Gaza factions halt rocket fire, in bow to Hamas