interesting piece 'Hamas versus Al-Qaeda' by Saleh Al-Naami in Al Al Ahram Weekly (July 12-18,2007). Highlights:1.Hamas has under control the 2 Al Q affiliated groups Army of Islam(kidnappers of Johnston)and Swords of Justice(attacking video stores,churches,forcing women to cover their heads).Since the take over women can go freely without covering their heads etc.Hamas has clearly distanced itself internationally from Al Q because they do not agree with Al Q's philosophy. 3.Head of Latin Church maintains close ties with Haniyeh. 4.Haniyeh has publicly stated several times that no one will be forced to do anything.People are punished only when they disobey the law. 5.Hamas follows Basic Palestinian Law.
Saudi king to meet with Obama on Friday amid Gulf concerns over Iran deal (Reuters)
from the article: Abbas says he will only talk to Olmert about final status issues