Israel disrupts massive Hamas plot to topple West Bank Palestinian Authority

posted at 2:41 pm on August 18, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Further cementing the increasingly prevalent impression that the Palestinian Authority is much more responsible than are the Hamas militants in control of Gaza, the terrorist group was implicated on Monday in a plan to mount attacks on Israeli civilians and to orchestrate a coup in the West Bank with the aim of toppling Mahmoud Abbas’s government.

The plot, planned by a Hamas wing headquartered in Turkey, centered on executing a series of mass casualty terror attacks in Israel and destabilizing the West Bank which would facilitate a military coup, The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.

The Hamas infrastructure relied on support from cells in neighboring Jordan, and on couriers who delivered terrorist finances, totaling at least two million shekels, which were used to purchase weapons and homes that were used as hideouts, according to the investigation.

Ninety three Hamas members are in Israeli custody, and the Shin Bet has questioned 46 so far. Security forces plan to indict some 70 suspects. The investigation began in May, and is ongoing, security sources said.

The Jewish Press published more details on the scale of the planned terror attacks and the threat to pro-Abbas forces in the West Bank:

A Hamas leader in Turkey directed the terrorist cells, which received approximately $600,000 from sources in Jordan to buy homes to hide terrorists and to purchase weapons.

Hamas set up in 46 cities and villages in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem to incite a resurgence of the intifada with terrorist attacks whose targets included the Temple Mount.

Police, soldiers and security personnel uncovered more than $175,000 during the arrests and found 24 rifles, six revolvers, seven rocket launchers and huge amounts of rifle cartridges and bullets.

This incident underscores the increasingly apparent reality that the Palestinian territories are now two entirely distinct political entities. The exposure of this plot also highlights why Hamas in Gaza has lost the support of nearly every Arab government.

The number of ceasefires which Hamas rejected over the course of the month-long conflict with Israel and the brutality of the terror group’s effort to bring about civilian casualties has sapped Hamas of its legitimacy. With the exception of the media and political left in the West, few have credited the terrorist authority in Gaza with behaving like a responsible governmental entity during this crisis.

Now, with a Hamas plan to topple a moderate Palestinian government uncovered, Israel has the moral authority to contend that Hamas – not the Palestinian people – are the source of tension in the region; a narrative which will undermine the insistence from some in the West that Israel is solely responsible for fostering tensions in the region.

That is, if any on the left in Europe and the United States care to acknowledge this narrative-crippling development.

This post has been updated since its original publication.


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And Abbas was stupid enough to link the PA to Hamas. What an idot.

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Penélope Cruz hardest hit…..

redguy on August 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

*idiot

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Well there goes the entire ‘Israel wants to destroy the Palestinians!’ meme right out the window.

ajacksonian on August 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

That is, if any on the left in Europe and the United States care to acknowledge this narrative-crippling development.

Are you kidding?

“Israel’s full of JOOOOOZZZZZ!!!!” That’s all they know.

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

“So the Ferguson PD is now framing Hamas too!”

-DouchebagUnderground

Bishop on August 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

It’s no wonder that the American Left has a softspot in their hearts for Hamas. Hamas operates in a fashion that the Left only dreams about.

RBMN on August 18, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Well there goes the entire ‘Israel wants to destroy the Palestinians!’ meme right out the window.

ajacksonian on August 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I have five bucks saying that Hamas and other Palestinians spin this into RACISM or something.

dogsoldier on August 18, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I have five bucks saying that Hamas and other Palestinians spin this into RACISM or something.

dogsoldier on August 18, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Hmmm… Israel is stopping the Armed Wing of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood from overthrowing the Palestinian Authority…

Good luck on that one, I tellya.

ajacksonian on August 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Please, Bishop, do not pollute the first real news thread in days with that Ferguson crap. Although, yes, your comment was funny :)

captnjoe on August 18, 2014 at 2:54 PM

“Kill them. Kill them all.”

No mercy for vermin.

platypus on August 18, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Hamas is trying to overthrow the PLO? What’s the world coming to when terrorists can’t trust other terrorists?

HotAirian on August 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

ajacksonian on August 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Their prejudice will motivate them to convert the good will act into some devious plot.

dogsoldier on August 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

a narrative which will undermine the insistence from some in the West that Israel is solely responsible for fostering tensions in the region

Well, it would if they were reaonable an unbiased. But they’re not.

talkingpoints on August 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

… a moderate Palestinian government

Hamas – not the Palestinian people – are the source of tension in the region

Endless nonsense by the wishful thinking author.

Goodnight from Jerusalem.

Shy Guy on August 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

The “moderate” “Palestinian” government!

pfffffffffffft

Shy Guy on August 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

OT….Obama to speak to us again on Ferguson and Iraq at 4pm. Esh

CoffeeLover on August 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

” … found 24 rifles, six revolvers …”

Considered a trivial collection in my region of the South West.

Missilengr on August 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Hamas has too many cooks in their kitchen. Hamas head in Turkey. Has head in Jordan. Hamas Heads in Qatar. Hamas head in Gaza and they all seem to be doing their own thing.

Hamas needs to have an Iron chef competition and get one chief so they can figure out what they heck they are doing.

coolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

” … found 24 rifles, six revolvers …”

Considered a trivial collection in my region of the South West.

Missilengr on August 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Sounds like the gift list for a baby shower in my area.

Bishop on August 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Shy Guy on August 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

You beat me to it Shy Guy.

Seriously Noah, are you dumb as a bag of hammers? Or just a lib plant? It’s got to be one or the other.

WhatSlushfund on August 18, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Their prejudice will motivate them to convert the good will act into some devious plot.

dogsoldier on August 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Very true!

And then just pointing out the spin and hearing the Leftists gobble like turkeys will be very enjoyable.

ajacksonian on August 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Hamas has too many cooks in their kitchen. Hamas head in Turkey. Has head in Jordan. Hamas Heads in Qatar. Hamas head in Gaza and they all seem to be doing their own thing.

Hamas needs to have an Iron chef competition and get one chief so they can figure out what they heck they are doing.

coolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Gee, nice of you to give tips to murderous terrorists.

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

How the heck can they be THIS surprised?

Doesn’t anyone remember when Hamas did to Fahta (sp) when they came into power after Arafat died? It was a damned Saturday Night Massacre, ME-style.

To think that anything is going to change, they’re kidding themselves…surprised they didn’t pull this off sooner

BlaxPac on August 18, 2014 at 3:33 PM

The exposure of this plot also highlights why Hamas in Gaza has lost the support of nearly every Arab government.

Your only basis for this statement is an NYT article?

And what exactly is an “Arab government”? Is there something inherent in the DNA of someone who is ethnically Arab that determines their governmental structure?

Hamas – not the Palestinian people – are the source of tension in the region

Who are these “Palestinian people” that you speak of Noah? These supposedly peace-loving (you assure us) “Palestinian people…”?

No one in the history of the world ever called themselves a “Palestinian” until the 1960s. It is a completely fabricated identity, invented to try to convince the world that there is somehow an oppressed (supposedly by Israel) minority in that region.

Noah, you are, at best, a failure as a human being. At worst, you are on the Saudi payroll, you miserable traitor.

Who the h3ll hired this clown?

WhatSlushfund on August 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM

The plot, planned by a Hamas wing headquartered in Turkey

Erdogan was behind this. He wants to foment instability in the Middle East in order to start a wider war with Israel.

Dusty on August 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

When does the left start claiming that it was wrong for Israel to release this information about Hamas since it had nothing to do with Israel’s incursion in Gaza?/ (Well that tactic seems to have worked for the progressives in Ferguson Mo. about the store robbery video. Why not give it a shot about everything.)

KW64 on August 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Noah, you are, at best, a failure as a human being.

WhatSlushfund on August 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Someone go off their meds?

WitchDoctor on August 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Hamas has too many cooks in their kitchen. Hamas head in Turkey. Has head in Jordan. Hamas Heads in Qatar. Hamas head in Gaza and they all seem to be doing their own thing.

Hamas needs to have an Iron chef competition and get one chief so they can figure out what they heck they are doing.

foolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Yeah, you want them to get their act together so they can kill more Joooooz, right?

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Noah, you are, at best, a failure as a human being.

WhatSlushfund on August 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Someone go off their meds?

WitchDoctor on August 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Feel free to disprove any of my facts. I’ll be here anxiously awaiting your taking me to school.

WhatSlushfund on August 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Hamas is trying to overthrow the PLO? What’s the world coming to when terrorists can’t trust other terrorists?

HotAirian on August 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Yes, I need the MSM to regularly update me on how to tell the “moderate”–good terrorists from the “radical”–bad terrorists

KW64 on August 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM

coolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

What a disturbing post.

JusDreamin on August 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

HA continues its decent into irrelevance.

earlgrey on August 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Notice how the Mossad gets it right.

formwiz on August 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Hamas has too many cooks in their kitchen. Hamas head in Turkey. Has head in Jordan. Hamas Heads in Qatar. Hamas head in Gaza and they all seem to be doing their own thing.

Hamas needs to have an Iron chef competition and get one chief so they can figure out what they heck they are doing.

coolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Excellent idea! Then one laser-guided bomb can take them all out!

Ward Cleaver on August 18, 2014 at 4:59 PM

coolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

What a disturbing post.

JusDreamin on August 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

coolrepublica AKA nonpartisan is a Joo hater of the first water as well as a spamming troll.

Like all leftists tools; always on the side of the violent and criminal.

Dolce Far Niente on August 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Now, with a Hamas plan to topple a moderate Palestinian government uncovered

Which moderate Palestinian government would that be? Moral equivalencies do not exist, you are basically comparing two evils. One may be a little more adept than the other, but both are evil, and brutal, desiring nothing less than murdering Jews, Christians, and any other infidel that crosses their path.

Moral apologists are no better then moral equivocators.

Rode Werk on August 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM

That is, if any on the left in Europe and the United States care to acknowledge this narrative-crippling development.

They can’t do that. To admit error blows the whole ‘intellectual elite’ theory of ruling for the benefit of the uncultured masses. And then they’d have to give up all their perks.

GarandFan on August 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM

So its fair to say that Hamas and the Fatah Party do not get along – FINALLY, being – you know – Fatah leaders have been denouncing Hamas for a few weeks now, engaged in Cease Fire talks with Egypt – and have that whole ugly “since 2006″ Hamas election going on. Add in the Muslim Brotherhoods ties to Hamas, against Egypt (geeee… it makes double sense now)…

My point is – even Pro Israel groups didn’t see what was crystal clear and are guilty of playing to that horrid narrative “all Palestinians are the same”

Oh – and John Kerry continues to look like a moron for his “out of the box” attempts to engage non players in this debacle.

I’ll suggest one further step – get humanitarian relief to those in Gaza, via controlled ports with oversee by the UN , Egypt and any Arab nation – and get them to the West Bank. Of course, Hamas would just start killing everyone – or at least try – but its tougher when the “other” side of the Arab World is pissed at you, and there are no more allies.

Odie1941 on August 18, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Further cementing the increasingly prevalent impression that the Palestinian Authority is much more responsible than are the Hamas militants in control of Gaza

Faint praise, indeed.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 18, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Hamas needs to have an Iron chef competition and get one chief so they can figure out what they heck they are doing.

foolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Yeah, you want them to get their act together so they can kill more Joooooz, right?

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

No, we want them to kill each other off.
Saves us the trouble now, and gives us less to clean up afterwards.

ReggieA on August 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM