Celebrating the upcoming Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, thousands of Palestinians have been taking part in a rally organised by the militant group Islamic Jihad. The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is facing a challenge from Hamas, a group sworn to Israel’s destruction. It has vowed not to disarm. Palestinian security forces have been preparing to deploy near Jewish settlements in a protective cordon against possible militant attacks. Settlers determined not to leave have been stocking up on supplies. Those who have not gone by Wednesday will be dragged away by the Israeli Army. In Kfar Darom they are ready for a fight.