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>JN Oct. 23, 2013, Vol. 21, No. 205
Abbas Set to Slam Door on Talks with Israel, Resuscitates 'Revolving Door' for
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has decided to derail talks with Israel
directly after the release of the second batch of jailed Palestinians next week. Secretary
of State John Kerry will try to head off the crisis in the talks he brokered earlier this
year, by cajoling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu when they meet in Rome today,
Wednesday, to make Abbas an offer he can't refuse, of sovereign Israel land.
DEBKAfile's sources reveal that Kerry is thinking of a large chunk of Dead Sea coastal
area and water, equal to about a third of the territory owned by Israel in this region. On
May 28, in an exclusive report, DEBKAfile first disclosed Kerry's plan to save this
Israeli concession for the final peace accord. He is now thinking of hauling it forward as
bait to dissuade Abbas from walking out of the peace process.
But the Palestinian leader's game plan entails more than this walkout, a step he has
taken many times before. He is also unraveling the longstanding security cooperation with
Israel for containing Palestinian terrorism. This was the unspoken background to Israeli
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's first - typically taciturn -remarks Tuesday about the
latest bout of Palestinian terrorist attacks.
"We take a grave view [of this wave of incidents]. It may be due to the atmosphere of
incitement generated by the Palestinian Authority, recent religious events, any other
causes - or even a kind of contagion," said Ya'alon, adding: "There is no sign of what we
may call a popular uprising, or what the Palestinians would call a `third intifada.' We
take every incident very seriously and stand ready for any escalation."
DEBKAfile's military sources translate two of the minister's most opaque terms:
(1)Third Palestinian intifada: Technically, he was correct in denying signs of its advent,
but only because he held out on the whole picture. Yasir Arafat launched his second
intifada 13 years ago after careful preparation. He first dismantled the security
cooperation existing between the Palestinian Authority, Israel and the American military
advisers helping to make it work.
In 2013, Mahmoud Abbas is following in Arafat's footsteps of 2000. In recent weeks,
DEBKAfile's military sources report that the Palestinians in Ramallah are only going
through the motions of working with Israel to combat terrorism. In the past, Israeli
security and military authorities would inform Palestinian security services about
suspected terrorists. They would then be questioned and the information passed back to
their Israeli opposite numbers.
Now, on direct orders from Abbas, suspects are detained only briefly before being
released without being questioned. Abbas has thus adopted Arafat's "revolving door"
method. Senior military circles operating in the field of counterterrorism say that
detaining terrorist suspects without interrogating them makes nonsense of the process.
Letting them walk without questioning them about their organizational affiliations and
secret cells, and referring the information to the IDF, makes the entire concept of
security cooperation meaningless.
Palestinian security officers now understand that their job is to cooperate with the
terrorists not Israel. (2). Palestinian Authority incitement and religious events.
Ya'alon was talking about Mahmoud Abbas' latest propaganda campaign stunt, which raises
the specter of an Israeli conspiracy to seize control of Temple Mount and destroy Al Aqsa
This theme can always be counted on to strike an inflammatory chord in the Palestinian
Muslim masses and fire the more radical up for attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets.
Arafat understood this very well when he labeled his four-year suicide bombing campaign
against Israel the "Al Aqsa intifada."
IDF Kills Islamic Jihad Terrorist Who Plotted Tel Aviv Bus Bombing
By Israel Hayom
Israeli soldiers shot dead a wanted Palestinian man near the West Bank village of
Bil'in on Monday after he fired shots at soldiers near the village. According to the
Israel Defense Forces, the soldiers were pursuing a member of the Palestinian Islamic
Jihad. The man was chased into a cave in an "open field" and was shot dead during the
ensuing gun battle, according to Army Radio. A second man was arrested, according to
The Palestinian Ma'an News Agency named the man who was shot dead as Mohamed Assi, 24,
and reported that he was a member of the Islamic Jihad. A Kafr Ni'ma resident told Ma'an
that IDF troops chased Assi into an olive grove, where clashes erupted. The gun battle
that ensued continued until dawn, according to witnesses.
The incident follows a recent wave of violent events in the West Bank, including two
separate terrorist attacks that killed two soldiers, an attack against a 9-year-old girl
in Psagot, and the bloody murder of a former IDF colonel in a Jordan Valley settlement.
"Overnight, an important operation was carried out, in which a wanted [Palestinian] was
killed. He was responsible for a terror attack in Tel Aviv in the last year, in which 29
Israelis were injured on a bus near the Kirya IDF headquarters," Defense Minister Moshe
(Bogie) Ya'alon told reporters while touring Hebron on Tuesday.
Asked whether, in light of the recent increase in tensions, he thought Israel was on
the verge of a third intifada, Ya'alon said, "There is no indication of a renewed popular
resistance or third intifada. Regardless, we are preparing for any potential escalation,
in case it happens. But as for a popular resistance, they are not talking about it, we are
not seeing any motivation for it, we are not seeing any activity toward that end, and
obviously we are doing everything in our power to ensure that it doesn't happen."
The defense minister also rejected the argument that the violence was linked to the
diplomatic process currently underway. One reporter raised the issue of the upcoming
release of the second group of Palestinian prisoners, meant as an Israeli gesture of good
will toward the Palestinians during the ongoing peace talks. Asked whether it may be wise
to reconsider the release in light of the escalation in violence, Ya'alon replied that
"Israel made a commitment to release prisoners, all of whom [committed their crimes]
before Oslo. There are also other considerations besides the routine security concerns. As
long as there is a [diplomatic] process and we are committed to it, I assume that we will
release the prisoners next time as well."
Peres Warns Israel's Enemies of Air Force's Hidden Abilities
By The Times of Israel
In a thinly veiled warning to Israel's regional enemies, President Shimon Peres said
Tuesday that the Israeli Air Force has immense capabilities, some of them hidden from the
public eye. The president made the comments during a visit to the Palmachim air force
"Not all of the IDF's and the air force's capabilities are open to view. Whoever
derides us and seeks to harass us should take this into account," Peres said during a tour
of the base, which included a review of new weapons systems. "The Israeli Air Force is the
best air force in the world. We have unique systems. The air force is equipped with the
most advanced technology and most importantly with dedicated and
high-quality human capital."
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and Israeli Air Force Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel
accompanied the president during the visit, which included a meeting with soldiers from
elite air force units and an inspection of the drone squadron operated from the base. "You
are a branch with a heavy responsibility on your shoulders, and this produces tactical and
strategic results daily," Peres said.
Speaking of Israel's "many challenges," Gantz offered similar tough talk. "We are ready
365 days a year, at any range and facing any challenge. We know how to offer intelligence,
operational and tactical solutions to any threat. The air force is our main system for
deterrence, offensive and defensive action, and has fantastic technological
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