Analysis Huge Turnout at Fatah Rally in Gaza Surprises Hamas, PA

Mutual openness is one of the direct results of November’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, as Fatah sends Hamas a reconciliation message.

The huge turnout in Gaza on Friday for a rally marking Fatah’s 48th anniversary surprised not only the Hamas authorities in Gaza, but also the Fatah leadership in the Strip and Ramallah.

The freewheeling confusion and congestion so typical of Fatah events in comparison to the military order of those organized by Hamas caused several speeches and performances to be canceled, including some planned by...