Photo: Meir Azulai
Mofaz: A very fragile calm
Photo: Meir Azulai

'Palestinians not doing enough'

Intelligence sources present pessimistic outlook toward Palestinian intentions to fight terror

TEL AVIV - The Palestinians are not doing enough to fight terror, a senior intelligence officer said Tuesday speaking at the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.


Hamas continues to produce mortar shells and rockets, carrying out warfare experimentation without any interference, he said.


He also added the IDF is still foiling 50 percent of attacks.


“Even if we pass the intelligence on to the Palestinians they won’t do anything about it” he said. "The terror organizations are systematically minimizing Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ achievements."


The officer said he believes the Palestinians still feel Israel’s gestures towards them are insufficient.


Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the committee activities carried out by the Palestinians to fight terror are ineffective.


“They are being conducted because of the agreements and understandings," he said. "The real solution is in the hands of the terror organizations, the Palestinian Authority is not stable."


He said terror infrastructures continues to exist.


"The present calm is very fragile,” he said.


Mofaz added the process with the Palestinians should be a gradual and cautious one.


“We must not rush," he said. "While Abbas has not abandoned the Palestinains’ central ideas, he does not sanctify the ethos of terror as a tool for achieving these goals.” 


פרסום ראשון: 02.22.05, 14:21
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