In 2008 I wrote a report on al Qaeda’s interest in the Palestinian territories. In the paper, I explored Israel’s place in al Qaeda’s narrative and its shift to the center of al Qaeda’s strategy. I did this through tracing the history of al Qaeda in the Palestinian territories and its relations with Hamas, which currently rules over the Gaza Strip. Ultimately, I concluded that while Hamas and al Qaeda share certain ideologies, their ultimate objectives make their union unfeasible. The result, I wrote, would make the competition over power inevitable.
Earlier this week, Hamas killed 16 people in the Gaza Strip allegedly affiliated with al Qaeda. This development confirms my hypothesis.