Wikileaks cable says Abbas worked with Israel against Hamas

posted at 3:35 pm on December 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

If people wanted to see something explosive from the Wikileaks cables stolen by Bradley Manning and released by Julian Assange, this will do:

A U.S. cable leaked on Monday said Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas’s forces worked closely together against Hamas as it took over Gaza in 2007, a potentially embarrassing revelation for the Palestinian leader.

Israel has acknowledged working with Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces loyal to the Western-backed Abbas, but the diplomatic memo leaked by WikiLeaks describes a level of cooperation that could fuel criticism of Abbas by his Islamist rivals.

The 2007 cable quoted Yuval Diskin, the head of Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service, as saying the PA security apparatus shares with Israel “almost all the intelligence that it collects.”

“They understand that Israel’s security is central to their survival in the struggle with Hamas in the West Bank,” the cable said.

The cable, dated June 13, 2007, was sent from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv as Hamas forces were routing Abbas’s security forces to take over the Gaza Strip. Abbas has since ruled only in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Well, that should go over well in the West Bank, don’t you think?  Obviously, the two Palestinian powers have been warring with each other for years, and it might have been guessed that Abbas would seek Israel’s assistance in the power struggle between the two.  It’s one thing to guess, however, and another entirely to read an American diplomatic cable reveal the collaboration of Abbas and the Palestinian Authority against Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank.

Certainly, Abbas’ actions are rational and show him in a better light outside of the cauldron of the Israeli-Palestinian standoff, but it’s not going to be popular on the West Bank by any stretch.  It will undermine the PA at a time when the US wants to push hard on peace talks, and make it more difficult than ever to get concessions from Abbas.  If the cable itself doesn’t touch off new fighting between Hamas and the PA, a collapse of the peace talks may bring about a new round of intifada.   This release goes beyond embarrassment; it will probably cost lives in a manner that might have otherwise been avoided.


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Uh-oh! This could lead to violence and bloodshed between Hamas and the PA.

Oh wait…

ornery_independent on December 20, 2010 at 3:40 PM

This sob is engaging in espionage. Where the heck is CIA. By now this guy should have committed suicide.

antisocial on December 20, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Hardest hit:

Jimmy Carter

BobMbx on December 20, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Well, well, welly, well, well. When Abbas come up dead and the Palestinians get back to killing each other, we can lay the violence at the feet of Julian Assange.

LincolntheHun on December 20, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Way to go, Bradley and Julian!

Let’s start a merry game of “Let’s You And Him Blow Each Other Up Into Bloody Chunks!”

pilamaye on December 20, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Well, well, welly, well, well. When Abbas come up dead and the Palestinians get back to killing each other, we can lay the violence at the feet of Julian Assange.

LincolntheHun on December 20, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Oh, don’t leave the City of Berkeley, CA’s favorite son, Bradley Manning out of the mix here!

pilamaye on December 20, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Uh-oh! This could lead to violence and bloodshed between Hamas and the PA.

Oh wait…

Yes, it’s entirely that simple.

Much as we may not like the PA, Hamas is much worse, and this helps them.

YYZ on December 20, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Well, well, welly, well, well. When Abbas come up dead and the Palestinians get back to killing each other, we can lay the violence at the feet of Julian Assange.

And yet, of course, it will be Israel’s fault.

YYZ on December 20, 2010 at 3:45 PM

How do we know this is true? What if it’s just more “BS in, BS out” type of info like the “Sicko” cable?

Go RBNY on December 20, 2010 at 3:46 PM

It’s no revelation that Abbas wouldn’t be alive if not for Israel.

Rea1ityCheck on December 20, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Well, that’s certainly interesting.

Inkblots on December 20, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I’ll bet a lot of People in the West Bank probably get it. The enemy of my enemy is my friend after all.

rob verdi on December 20, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Very troubling. This is not going to play out well in the West Bank.

Indy82 on December 20, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Abbas will claim those wily Jooos tricked him.

John the Libertarian on December 20, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Somebody’s life expectancy just got a helluva lot shorter.

Cylor on December 20, 2010 at 3:55 PM

OK, really when is enough enough? This cute little cable will get people killed and the only thing the man whore cares about is that someone leaked that he was a lousy bed fellow.
Shouldn’t Assange be dead by now? And his DADT partner in jail? I really am sick of this little puke.

ORconservative on December 20, 2010 at 3:55 PM

The Palistinians were already turning on Mahmoud Abbas for agreeing with the Israeli’s to postpone the Goldstone report going before the U.N. Now with this leak there just may be a civil war among the Palistinians.

fourdeucer on December 20, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Certainly, Abbas’ actions are rational and show him in a better light outside of the cauldron of the Israeli-Palestinian standoff

Does it show him a better light? To me, it just says that he is completely unscrupulous and just so with his dealings with the Israelis. Of course, that is no revelation either. Hamas posed a larger threat to him (witness the murders and retributions in Gaza) at the time so he ratted them out to Israel. Hardly a reason to trust the man as a “partner in peace.”

MJBrutus on December 20, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Where are Spathi & Shawk/Shawnk/Whatever?

It involves Assange & Joooooooooooos, two of their favorite subjects.

Machiavelli Hobbes on December 20, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Pardon me the wikileak came first in June 2007, this came on Oct. 11, 2009 according to ALJAZEERA

Mahmoud Abbas has defended the decision to delay the endorsement of the Goldstone report on Gaza war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council, saying it was intended to garner adquate votes for its adoption.

“Since we felt we would not be able to gather enough support we asked for the postponement,” Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said on Sunday in justification of the controversial postponement.

The delay has brought Abbas under immense criticism, particularly from the Palestinian group Hamas.

fourdeucer on December 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM

What Hillary Really Thinks

Intersting Wiki Read

D. (a), USG ultimately asking Israelis to relinquish territory to which they claim peerless attachment, from which they were attacked for first two decades of statehood; to enemy/partner that fostered recent terrorist onslaught that killed hundreds of their people, and some of whose institutions vow unceasing enmity against them; against track record of international failure to prevent violent, Iranian-backed Islamists (Hezbollah, HAMAS) filling vacuum left by previous US-backed Israeli withdrawals (Lebanon, Gaza); (b), USG can serve all interests by stringent oversight of process of Palestinian state-building, to promote reconciliation, minimize military, demographic threats to Israel.

E. Time is not on the side of the Israelis, moderate Palestinians, relatively moderate regimes in region, or the American interest. State-championed (Iran) Islamic extremism feels itself ascendant, sees America hesitant, in retreat. Previous lukewarm allies such as Saudi Arabia concluding that Iran will prevail in nuclear face-off with USG, looking to safeguard own interests via altered alliances, domestic nuclear initiatives, etc. Warmer allies such as Jordan, concerned for fundamental interests, recalibrating relations with Iran.

F. Imperative to re-establish USG credibility, damaged by underestimation of Iranian intransigence on nuclear issue, indulgence of Syrian hypocrisy. Imperative to emphasize robust USG commitment to Israel, support for negotiated path to Palestinian statehood, firm determination to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons capability, with all options on table.
full cable
http://www.jpost.com/home/article.aspx?id=199814

Rea1ityCheck on December 20, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Julian Assange and Bradley Manning…

… may the “Law of Unintended Consequences” be very unkind to you.

Seven Percent Solution on December 20, 2010 at 4:12 PM

This sob is engaging in espionage. Where the heck is CIA. By now this guy should have committed suicide.

antisocial on December 20, 2010 at 3:40 PM

As repulsive as this dude is, he isn’t the prime bad guy. That distinction belongs to the people who were entrusted with the data and leaked it and with those who foolishly entrusted them with that data without further safe guards. So Manning and the other sources are much more to blame than this fool who simply published it. And government folks who allowed the info to be in a single place, unsecured to a point where some slick sleeved dirt bag could release it on a memory stick are next on the blame list.

MJBrutus on December 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM

More blood on Assmange’s hands. And I hope Manning is imprisoned till he dies.

DRPrice on December 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Wonder if this is the buried bomb that people have been speculating about wrt the whole Wikileaks process being orchestrated by the U.S. government. I.e., they wanted the leaks to happen, with the idea that there was mostly crap, but one or two nuggets of real info that would be damaging to certain parties.

It wouldn’t surprise me, given Obama’s track record with Israel. This hurts the behind-the-scenes relationship between them and Abbas. Which suits Obama just fine.

/tinfoil hat exercise

nukemhill on December 20, 2010 at 4:22 PM

And I hope Manning is imprisoned till he dies.

DRPrice on December 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM

He should be tried and the penalty if found guilty should be execution.

hawkdriver on December 20, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Everyone knew this.
At the time of the coup it was published all over that Fatah leaders from Gaza cooperated with and escaped to Israel that smuggled them to the “west bank”.

AlexB on December 20, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Um, this is under the category of “no sh*t, Sherlock”….

Who is surprised by this, exactly?

mjk on December 20, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Hey, look! There’s a diplomatic cable here that says Yasser Arafat died of AIDS he got from molesting little Pali boys!

Now, who would believe such a transparent lie?

mojo on December 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Rather smart move to have the ISA in your corner given that Hamas is a strong arm of Iran, which has more terror money the the PA. They could take out Abbas at any time they feel like it.

hawkman on December 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Julian can step up and claim credit for the next round of killings between the PLO and Hammas.

GarandFan on December 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

West bank needs to dissolve the government.

It’s a puppet show anyways.

Spathi on December 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Hey, look! There’s a diplomatic cable here that says Yasser Arafat died of AIDS he got from molesting little Pali boys!

Now, who would believe such a transparent lie?

mojo on December 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

What “unnamed blood disease” did Arafat die of again?

And technically everyone knows why his wife and kid lived in Paris. And what was going on between him and his BODYGUARDS….
Even the Romanians knew it…

mjk on December 20, 2010 at 6:14 PM

On this particular issue, I’m not seeing a problem. If the intifada starts up again, Israel will be fully justified in solving the problem – permanently.

OldEnglish on December 20, 2010 at 6:20 PM

If the cable itself doesn’t touch off new fighting between Hamas and the PA, a collapse of the peace talks may bring about a new round of intifada. This release goes beyond embarrassment; it will probably cost lives in a manner that might have otherwise been avoided.

That says a lot more about Hamas and the Palestinians rather than Assange and Wikileaks

thebrokenrattle on December 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Just awful that this ASSange guy cares more about his fame/infamy than the countless numbers of people who could die as a result of his hubris.

BryanS on December 20, 2010 at 8:28 PM

I guess at my advanced age I’ve grown cynical. This is hardly any kind of serious surprise to me. It seemed transparently obvious at the time. Israel rewarded good puppy behavior on Abbas’s part and slapped the naughty puppy (Hamas) across the junkyard they’ve made of their part of “Palestine”.

{^_^}

herself on December 21, 2010 at 6:41 AM

This sob, the NYTimes, Der Spiegal, and the Guardian are engaging in espionage. Where the heck is CIA. By now these editorial boards should have committed suicide.

antisocial on December 20, 2010 at 3:40 PM

FTFY

ernesto on December 21, 2010 at 8:45 AM