Daily Israel Report

MKs Call Foiled Hamas Coup a 'Warning Sign' for Unity Government

Nationalist MKs attack leftists over attempted Hamas coup, after remarks early in the unity pact claimed PA would keep Hamas in line.
By Hezki Ezra, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 8/18/2014, 7:44 PM

Nissan Slomiansky
Nissan Slomiansky
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Finance Committee Chairman MK Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home) called to suspend all notion of renewed peace talks on Monday, after the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) released for publication that a Hamas-led uprising was thwarted in Judea and Samaria. 

"Today, once again, it was proven that it is impossible to abandon the security of Israel and the Palestinian Authority," said Slomiansky. "It's time to wake up from the dreamland that the Left lives in and understand that only a constant military and political presence in Judea and Samaria will prevent Gush Dan [Tel Aviv area - ed.] from becoming 'the Judea and Samaria belt' [a reference to the 'Gaza belt' region - ed.]." 

Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) agreed.

"The Hamas coup proves that whoever thought that the establishment of a unity government between Fatah and Hamas in the Palestinian Authority would mean the PA could control Hamas was wrong," Akunis fired. "Reality has proven that the opposite almost happened, where Hamas nearly took over the PA in Judea and Samaria."

"This publication is a warning sign," Akunis continued. "It sharpens the understanding that we should not acquiesce to the Left's dreams, illusions, and innocence, which could turn into a nightmare for all of us." 

"Hamas's coup attempt in Judea-Samaria is more proof that the Palestinian unity government is a terrorist government, aimed at giving legitimacy to Hamas on its way to expand its terrorist network," he added. 

Earlier Monday, it was cleared for publication that the Hamas headquarters in Turkey ordered a large-scale coup of the new PA government, by destabilizing the government through a series of terror attacks on Israelis. 

Ninety-three (93) terrorists were arrested in an IDF/ISA counterterror operation and large weapons caches and funds were seized. 

The discovery calls into question the claim by several leftist MKs - as well as most of the international community, including the UN, EU, and even the US - that the PA's "government of technocrats" was impervious to Hamas terror. 

By contrast, several nationalist politicians - including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu himself - predicted that the unity pact would lead to a Hamas takeover in Judea and Samaria.