Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are meeting today for a summit in Egypt one day after Israel agreed to transfer hundreds of millions of dollars to Abbas's emergency government in the West Bank. Israeli government spokesperson Miri Eisin said Israel is prepared to take other steps to back Abbas.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh addressed Palestinians on Sunday. Earlier this month Haniyeh lost his post as Palestinian Prime Minister after Abbas dissolved the democratically elected Hamas-led government. Haniyeh accused the United States of providing Abbas's Fatah forces with money and arms in order to oust Hamas.
This is why Ariel Sharon pulled out of Gaza. He backed up so he could hit them without their being able to hit back easily. He wanted to concentrate on manipulating them, further dividing them, fracturing them, without having Israeli troops close enough (inside Gaza) to hit.