Debka? World Net Daily?

Not quite.

Hamas’s military wing, the Izza Din Al-Qassem, had planned to kill Abbas at his office in Gaza, [Israeli] intelligence sources said.

Abbas, who became president of the Palestinian Authority last year after the death of Yasser Arafat, was formally warned of the danger by the Israelis and cancelled a planned visit to the territory…

Hamas leaders, who refuse to recognise the state of Israel, suspect Abbas of obstructing their attempts to govern, which have been hampered by a financial boycott from donor nations. “Hamas considers Abbas to be a barrier to its complete control over Palestine and decided to kill him,” said a Palestinian source who was an adviser to Arafat and is a close acquaintance of Abbas…

The sources were unable to say who in Hamas’s secretive leadership had given the order to kill Abbas… 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.

Government of the mafia, by the mafia, and for the mafia.

Stories like this are fun, and not just in a chickens-come-home-to-roost way. Is it true? Is it bogus, planted by Israeli intel (with Fatah’s cooperation) to turn world opinion further against Hamas? Is it sort of true, i.e., based on info planted by Hamas with the knowledge that Israel would find out and tip Abbas, thereby putting the fear of god into him? The intrigue is as thick as your imagination can make it.

My imagination is telling me the assassination plan involved a poisoned shoe blade a la Lotte Lenya in “From Russia With Love,” and possibly a crossbow. But that’s just me. Substitute your own details as needed.

Incidentally, guess who Abbas met with tonight.

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As you might suspect, the relationship’s turned a bit frosty.

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