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Hamas ‘Just Waiting for Abbas to Die,’ as Palestinian Unity Deal Falters by Yaakov Lappin / JNS.org

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JNS.org – Hamas’ latest effort to join a Palestinian unity government is little more than a facade. Instead, the terror group’s top immediate objective is to seize control of Judea and Samaria and turn it into a second Gaza, according to the assessments of Israeli defense experts.

After years of failed attempts at reconciliation, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement and Hamas announced in October that they would implement a unity deal, which included the restoration of PA control in Gaza by December 1. But the so-called unification quickly ran into trouble, and was delayed until December 10. Now, the reconciliation agreement is apparently collapsing, and Hamas seems to be in no rush to revive it.

“Hamas is just waiting for Abbas to die, or that he agrees to elections, to try and take over the West Bank,” Dr. Ely Karmon, a senior scholar at Israel’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), told JNS. “And Hamas is again talking about close ties with Iran and Hezbollah.”

Dr. Col. (res.) Moshe Elad, one of the founders and former heads of the security coordination between the IDF and the PA, said that the PA is utterly dependent on Israel’s military presence in Judea and Samaria to prevent a second Hamas-armed Islamist revolution.

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