When Abbas and Hamas in the failed to reach an agreement, Abbas appointed, on 6 April 2006, the Fatah-affiliated Abu Shbak head of the Security Forces, by-passing the Hamas.
That control makes the decision-making process much easier.
After waging guerrilla warfare on Israel, Fatah eventually became the chief proponent of peace talks.
However, many Fatah members fled the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, and Fatah gunmen stormed Hamas-led institutions in the West Bank after the.
Hamas said voting in East Jerusalem does not need Israeli permission.
At the end of the day, Fatah and Hamas agreed on a ceasefire, though gunfire continued outside Mohammed Dahlan's house.