There's no denying Hamas is outgunned and outnumbered by Israel. It would be silly to think Hamas can defeat Israel in a direct fight, We're talking about 10 thousand Hamas fighters going against 80 thousand soldiers with air and artillery support, not to mention the armored vehicles and Tanks. But still, I think Hamas has mastered guerrilla warfare. Israel would probably be able to successfully control all of Gaza, but that would be for a limited time only. They simply can't withstand to stay in Gaza. There would be too many deaths on both sides (a lot more on our side, obviously). There's a reason Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, back when Hamas wasn't nearly as strong as it is today.<quoted text>You see, that's where your mistake lies. Believing that having longer range rockets changes the game in a good way is fatal fallacy. Had the conflict continued, and there were quite a few voices calling for that, a strike against a metro that actually caused damage would have brought down the full wrath of the IDF. Hamas was lucky they turned it off when they did.
I admit you make a compelling argument for continuing the struggle except that you have yet to reach stage 1...unity. In fact, today's scoop out of Gaza is that Fatah doesn't get to share the warm-fuzzies for "winning the war" since they did nothing. That doesn't sound like a population on the verge of uniting.
I suggest you look for another way.
I just don't see Hamas uniting with Fateh. Hamas has honest people, while Fateh is rotten to the core. Their only concern is their interest. They don't give crap about a Palestinian state as long as their pockets are full of US and EU money. Everytime the money is about to run out, they threaten to let the PA collapse, and then the US comes to the rescue with more money because Israel doesn't want to be responsible for the West Bank. This is a cycle that has repeated itself over and over again. Right now the PA is almost out of money again, which is my Mr.Abbas is making a big fuzz about going to the UN.
You might want to read this article to get an idea of how corrupt our beloved PA is.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Our PA makes Hamid Karazai's government look like saints. And I'm taking from personal experience with those bastards.
I really believe that Hamas are sincere in their efforts to reconcile with Fateh. But unity with Hamas, if achieved, will harm the interests of Fateh's top thugs, which is why it will never happen as long as these people are in charge of Fateh.