Hamas and the West Bank

A worrying development is the rumour from the London Sunday Times that Hamas may shortly make an effort to take over the West Bank from Abbas and the PLO,  at the behest of Iran.

THE Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has been warned by his intelligence services that the Islamist group Hamas could seize power in the West Bank, just as it did in Gaza five years ago.

A report by Aman, the military intelligence service, said Hamas sleeper cells in the West Bank had been ordered by Khaled Mashal, its political leader, who is based partly in Egypt, to prepare for a struggle to take control. The analysis is supported by the security service Shin Bet.

According to military intelligence, there are strong indications that Iran is encouraging Hamas to replace Fatah, the more moderate party led by Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian National Authority.

Discussion of the possibility is here and here

It certainly reflects the complexity of the machinations happening.

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