Hamas Blames PA Officers for Planning Terror Attack to Thwart Ceasefire with Israel

By Baruch Yedid/TPS • 28 April 2019
Photo by Kobi Richter/TPS

Hamas fears that the Palestinian Authority (PA) headed by Mahmoud Abbas is working to thwart a pending ceasefire between Israel and itself by destabilizing the security in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has provided several Arab countries with intelligence that implicates the PA’s security apparatus, and at least one suspect has been arrested.

Hamas and Israel in recent weeks have been engaged in talks to obtain a long-term ceasefire.

Hamas issued a statement last week warning of possible attacks, assassination attempts and the launching of rockets at Israel, acts of terrorism funded by PA officers with the objective of destabilizing the Strip and causing internal strife while thwarting a planned ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Hamas claims that the PA has already acted to cause deterioration in Gaza through various acts of sabotage and by firing at Israel.

Hamas has conveyed the names of suspects to Arab countries, and blames the PA’s General Majd Faraj and his men of being behind the attempt. Some of the suspects are in Egypt, Turkey, Belgium and Greece.

TPS has previously reported that Egypt’s security service arrested a Fatah terrorist, Zaki Sakani from Gaza.

He was arrested after the Egyptians were tipped off by Hamas that Sakani had plans to independently launched rockets towards Israel from Gaza.

Hamas obtained the information from Sakani’s commander, who was arrested by Hamas. The two were members of an al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades cell which planned to attack Israel on its own initiative.

Similarly, TPS has reported that Hamas has attempted to infiltrate the PA’s security services with an objective of influencing the services’ actions and gaining sway within the PA, according to a leaked official PA document.

An official Palestinian source told TPS that Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar has managed to penetrate the top of the Palestinian general intelligence service in Ramallah, under General Faraj. Faraj himself has learned of this attempt only recently.

A classified Palestinian document obtained by TPS reveals information the Palestinian General Intelligence has about Hamas’ plan to launch an intelligence war against the PA, including in Jerusalem. Hamas has managed to recruit a number of people within the PA intelligence system with the purpose of sowing disinformation within the security service and reporting to their Gaza handlers about the intelligence they have collected.

Hamas may have obtained its information on the supposed pending attacks through this counterintelligence operation.