Jerusalem – Hamas is trying to ignite a third Intifada uprising in Judea and Samaria, according to information obtained by the Israeli security establishment.
A special state of alert was issued by the Israeli security establishment in response to information that the Hamas leadership overseas had ordered its people to instigate riots.
The instructions that were given called for riots on the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem by means of such organizations as the Islamist Liberation Party and the el-Aksa Young Guard, which are active in the Temple Mount area in Jerusalem. These organizations were behind other recent disturbances and the young people holing up on the Temple Mount.
At the same time, a joint coordination body of a number of movements in Jerusalem, comprised of people from Hamas, Fatah activists and certain figures from the northern chapter of the Islamic Movement in Israel, have shown signs of activity. This group, too, in which Israeli Arabs act together with West Bank residents, is responsible to a large degree to the latest wave of violence on the Temple Mount, while exploiting the dedication of the Hurva synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem and the declaration of the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem as national heritage sites.
Israeli Security sources noted that Hamas had instructed its members to ignite riots in Jerusalem, in the hope that the activity will spread to other areas, using Hamas’s military cells.
Israeli security sources believe that Hamas’s call to kindle the West Bank is also due to Hamas’ wish to sabotage the municipal elections declared by the P.A. without including Hamas. These elections are scheduled for July 17.
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