September 26, 2004


Al Hayat: Arab country assisting Israel against Hamas: London based Arab daily claims Arab intelligence service providing the Mossad with vital information.
(Itamar Inbari and Maariv International, 9/26/04, Ma'ariv)

The respected London based Arabic daily Al Hayat reports that an Arab intelligence agency has been cooperating with the Mossad, providing it with significant and sensitive information about Hamas, especially its international activities.

According to the report, the Mossad requested the assistance, as it was unable to obtain the required information by itself, and has had little luck in penetrating Hams and other Islamic terror organizations, due to their effective counter-intelligence operational capabilities.

The information provided to the Mossad has given it detailed information on Hamas leaders, especially its leader Haled Mashal, who Israel attempted to assassinate in Jordan several years ago, and his deputy Mussa abu Marzouk. In addition the Arab intelligence agency has also furnished Mossad with detailed information on Hamas bureaus in Damascus, Beirut, Teheran and the Persian Gulf.

A western intelligence source hints that the Arab country in question may be Egypt. It claims that President Mubarak is gradually putting an audacious new strategy into place, which, if successful could provide credible foundations for a new Middle East power structure.

According to the intelligence source, the strategy is based on the assumption that Cairo can initially wean Damascus and the Palestinian terrorist organization from their alliance with Iran. The second stage is then to get Iran itself on board, after isolating it and leaving the Shiite Persians with no allies of any significance in the Sunni-Arab world.

Success of his endeavor would make the region a much friendlier place for the United States. Failure, he fears, would bring about the untimely withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and significantly weaken America’s status as a superpower.

If fears of U.S. wobbliness are fueling this, maybe we should elect John Kerry.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2004 3:52 PM

Maybe yes, maybe no....

But it smacks of those conspiracy theory lovers rampant in certain milieus who cannot believe that Israel, or its Mossad, can succeed at anything without underhandedly obtaining external assistance of some kind (e.g., the US, World Jewry).

(Unless of course, one is referring to the Mossad-engineered and implemented 9/11---but wasn't there US assistance in that episode as well?)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 26, 2004 5:15 PM

No, they believe Mossad, did it; and the're proud
of Atta for doing it

Posted by: narciso at September 27, 2004 12:34 AM

How would a US withdrawal from the Middle East "significantly weaken America's status as a superpower" ?

America will no longer have twelve aircraft carrier battle groups, with another under construction ?
America will no longer have 1,500 nuclear warheads, with the world's most accurate and longest-ranging missiles to deliver them ?
America will no longer generate 25% of the entire Earth's economic activity ?

Perhaps Itamar Inbari requires that a nation possess extraterrestrial technology, acquired from a crashed alien spacecraft, before it can be a true superpower...
Oh, wait, we have that too.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 27, 2004 2:05 AM