New documents have come to light indicating that Hamas and Islamic Jihad intentionally derailed the latest peace negotiations with Israel: “‘The suicide bombings are a key element in the arena of the struggle between the Israelis and Palestinians,’ says a report by a Palestinian security service on the suicide bombings, ‘and an analysis of the circumstances of the timing and execution of the vast majority of the bombings, particularly the major ones conducted by the Hamas and Islamic Jihad, makes clear the timing was much more a purely political matter than a practical military one.'” This from Haaretz.
“The authors of the report assume that the Hamas and Islamic Jihad are well-connected inside the Palestinian Authority with agents and elements who provide information based on knowledge of political developments, including inside information about negotiations with Israel, the U.S. and the international community, thus enabling the Hamas and Islamic Jihad to respond accordingly.
“And the main objective of the two Islamic organizations is ‘the destruction of the PA and the creation of a governmental alternative that has the goal of negotiating under fire according to Hamas conditions, along the lines of the Hezbollah model.’
“The document reveals that the suicide bomb attack at the Dolphinarium, in June 2001, where 21 Israeli teenagers were killed, was meant to torpedo American efforts to renew security coordination between Israel and the PA, coordination that was viewed as a direct threat to the Hamas.”