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Mossad ex-chief: Time to overthrow Abbas

Jan. 5, 2010 2:37 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 6, 2010 11:56 A.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an Report – Former Israeli spy chief Efraim Halevy berated the Palestinian Authority (PA) and President Mahmoud Abbas during an interview with Army Radio on Tuesday.

"The PA is useless and nothing but students of Israel and the US. As soon as the US and Israel stop funding the PA it will fade away. Abbas and his PA should know that and know to behave modestly with their threats against Israel," Halevy said during the program Good Morning Israel, hosted by Ghazi Burqai.

“Abbas is unnecessary and it is time to overthrow him. Israel has to find alternatives.”

Halevy, who also heads the Strategic Research Unit at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, added that the alternative to the PA would be Hamas, asserting that Israel had begun "opening lines [of communication], putting in plain words that Hamas is better than Abbas, his government and his authority."

Moreover, Halevy admonished Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan, accusing him of investing millions of dollars in Libya, adding that the PA had failed to abort security attacks against Israel and that, in fact, Shabak had been the force behind apprehending them.

The interview with the Mossad chief came after an interview with chief PLO negotiator Saeb Ereket in Qatar, in which Israel’s recent decision to continue settlement expansion in Jabal Zaytoun in East Jerusalem was discussed.

Erekat had explained that the PA condemns and rejects Israel's settlement policy and that Abbas would not resume negotiations until there is a complete standstill on construction.
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