Fatah and Hamas leaders are plotting to kill Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad because he is becoming more popular than PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, according to a senior PA intelligence agent quoted by Arab activist and writer Fadi Elsalameen.
"Hamas and Fatah agree only on one thing: getting rid of Fayyad by hook or crook,” the agent, identified only as “J,” told Elsalameen, who runs the PalestineNote.com web site. “They will kill him if need be, and this is the only issue they work on together. Fatah wants the Ministry of Finance, and Fayyad refuses and threatens to resign every time they bring this up. No one has loyalty to him."
Elsalameen, who also is a leader in the American-funded Seeds for Peace program, wrote that the senior intelligence agent also complained to him that “all I'm doing is chasing Hamas guys for Fatah, and now in the strangest circumstances, Fatah and Hamas are plotting together.”
The agent also revealed that Fayyad acts as though he is not aware of the assassination plan. “Fayyad thinks he commands the loyalty of the security apparatuses, but he doesn't.” he said. “
Elsalameen wrote, “This is a dangerous sign. The fact that Fatah and Hamas could disagree on every national agenda item but agree on the elimination of Fayyad is sinister and telling. If Palestine is to be established as a legitimate state, dirty backroom dealings to squeeze out an inflexible political element must come to an end."