Sunday, May 07, 2006

Hamas Plotting to Kill Abbas?

The London Times is reporting that Israel foiled a Hamas plot to kill Abbas and Mohammed Dahlan in Gaza, by tipping him off ahead of time.
A HAMAS plot to assassinate Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has been thwarted after he was tipped off by Israeli intelligence. Hamas's military wing, the Izza Din Al-Qassem, had planned to kill Abbas at his office in Gaza, intelligence sources said...

The sources were unable to say who in Hamas's secretive leadership had given the order to kill Abbas. But an indication of its hostility towards Abbas came last week...

Abbas, who is guarded by his own security men, divides his time between his Gaza and Ramallah offices. While in the West Bank he is relatively safe, but Gaza - stronghold of Hamas and numerous rogue terrorist organisations - is a dangerous place. Shortly after his election to the presidency Abbas narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in the Gaza Strip...

Matti Steinberg, a former adviser to the head of Shin Bet, Israel's domestic security service, said he would be surprised if any decision to kill Abbas had been taken by Ismail Haniyeh, the Palestinian prime minister, or Khaled Mashaal, the Damascus-based Hamas leader. "However, such an action by the military wing of Hamas is very plausible," he added.
Allah at Hot Air suggests the possibility that it may have been a planted report.

Right Winged.Com points out that Jimmy Carter is in the European papers today, salivating over Hamas.

And Flopping Aces points out that a Fatwa is due out next week instructing the Ummah - the Muslim people - on their fiscal obligations to the Palestinians.

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