Amos Yadlin 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
what appears to have been a faulty intelligence assessment, outgoing
head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin said in the summer
of 2007 that Israel would be “happy” if Hamas took over the Gaza Strip
and if that happened Iran’s influence over Gaza would be insignificant,
according to an American diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks on Monday.Yadlin’s answer according to the cable was that “he did not
think that day's Hamas attacks on Fatah security forces were part of a
premeditated effort to wipe out Fatah in Gaza. Instead, they probably
represented an initiative of the military wing with the tacit consent of
Khaled Maashal in Damascus.”
cable dated June 13, 2007 summarized a meeting between Yadlin and
Richard Jones, the US ambassador at the time to Israel. Hamas violently
took over Gaza several days later.
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the cable, Yadlin is quoted as not reflecting the consensus government
position in stating that “Israel would be ‘happy’ if Hamas took over
Gaza because the IDF could then deal with Gaza as a hostile state.”
also dismissed, during his meeting with the ambassador, the
significance of an Iranian role in a Hamas-controlled Gaza "as long as
they don't have a port." He is quoted as saying that it would be
something Israel could deal with.
It is unclear what Yadlin meant
when dismissing the significance of Iran’s hold over Gaza in absence of
a port. According to recent intelligence assessments, Iran has
successfully smuggled into Gaza long-range rockets capable of striking
Tel Aviv by land and via tunnels under the Gaza-Egyptian border.
day of his meeting with Jones, Hamas began its violent attacks against
Fatah, culminating in its takeover of Gaza. Since the summer of 2007,
Fatah has not held a presence in the Gaza Strip. According to the cable,
Jones asked Yadlin if he thought that day’s attacks by Hamas against
Fatah constituted the beginning of a takeover.
As mentioned, several days later, Hamas had completed its takeover of the Gaza Strip.