Hamas won the elections by a huge margin, then defeated Fatah after the two groups declared a joint government. Although Fatah had more arms and gunman, Hamas fought with much more determination and resolution. Hamas in the future may doom whatever future the palestinians living in Gaza have, but that is the choice they made.
Firebomb thrown during demonstration in northern Israeli town of Umm al Fahm (Haaretz)
from the article: Abbas' only chance