After days of violence, revenge killings and the looting of the presidential compound, Hamas patrols have begun re-imposing order on the streets of Gaza. And their leaders have made some tentative moves towards healing some of the wounds caused by a week of violence.
The sacked Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh appealed for calm, while Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal called for help from the Arab world. He said Hamas had no choice but to wrest control from Fatah, because of a breakdown in security, but it was now time for the two sides to talk, to heal what he called the Palestinian schism.
President Mahmoud Abbas named a new, independent Prime Minister. Salam Fayyad is the former Finance Minister who has the support of the West. However, his appointment was immediately denounced by Hamas and he would seem to have few prospects.
In Cairo, the Arab League discussed the crisis, and tried to appease both sides. Secretary General Amr Moussa expressed confidence in both President Abbas, and the Hamas-led parliament of the Palestinian Authority. But he said the situation was intolerable.
Violence flared once again in the West Bank, where Fatah gunmen staged a defiant show of strength. They attacked Hamas offices and arrested suspected Hamas supporters. With Hamas firmly in control of Gaza, and Fatah in the West Bank, the chances of a viable Palestinian state seem as remote as ever.