An argument on the collaboration between Palestinian Authority security services and Israel started last Friday after pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat reported that undercover officers were recruited within the Palestinian Authority by Israel intelligence services to act against Hamas. The Palestinian Authority dismissed the report and denied that its officers had collaborated with Israel to undermine Hamas. PA spokesman Adnan Dmeiri said that no officers had confessed to collaboration, contradicting the Al-Hayat report which states that two PA security officers admitted to collaborating with Israel by recruiting Hamas members to carry out attacks in the West Bank in order to thwart the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah. The officers also admitted planning attacks and opening fire on Israeli targets.
The report mentioned that Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas premier, called on the Palestinian Authority to end all security coordination with Israel.
International agreements oblige the West Bank security forces to coordinate with Israeli security.
Ma’an News Agency, Palestine