The (London) Sunday Times reports that a Hamas plot to assassinate Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has been thwarted after he was tipped off by Israeli intelligence. On a closely related note, the Jerusalem Post’s Khaled Abu Toameh reports:
Hamas’s new security force is expected to start operating in the Gaza Strip next week, sources in the Palestinian Authority Interior Ministry said on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Hamas leaders warned over the weekend of a new intifada and said they would “chop off” the head of anyone who works to bring down their cabinet. The warnings were made during huge demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in support of the Hamas cabinet and in protest against the US-led sanctions on the Hamas cabinet.
In this case I don’t believe that the threat of head chopping is metaphorical.