A secret report by one of the Palestinian Authority security services paints a
worrying picture of a possible upsurge in terrorist attacks in the West Bank
The report, which was obtained by the Hebrew news website
Ynet, warns that there is a high probability of a third intifada if the current
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks fail.
PA officials in Ramallah said they
were unaware of the existence of such a report.
According to Ynet, the
report recommends that the Palestinian civilian authorities and the security
forces draw up a plan to deal with any escalation in demonstrations.
report cautioned that failure of the peace talks would lead to a rise in
“spontaneous attacks” in 2014. The authors of the report – according to Ynet –
believe that Hamas will change its strategy and shift to resources away from its
civilian programs to covertly resume its militant activity in the West
The report claims that the first goal of Hamas and Islamic Jihad
and other radical Palestinian groups is to kidnap an IDF soldier or civilian and
hold him hostage in the West Bank, with the hope of exchanging him for
The report also reflects fears of the PA security
forces that terror cells will expand their activities into the Israeli-
controlled Area C of the West Bank, as well as the suburbs of
The report expects Hamas to export its technological
information and data on the manufacture of rockets from the Gaza Strip to the
West Bank. It also warns of increased activity by Salafi- jihadist organizations
in the West Bank.
The report’s authors warn that in wake of growing
tensions between Iran and Israel, and the deteriorating relationship between
Iran and Hezbollah over the civil war in Syria, Hezbollah will try to set up
sleeper cells in the West Bank and east Jerusalem by recruiting Palestinians