Hamas suspects Mossad behind killing of its commander in Dubai
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 18:04
Jerusalem: Weeks after mysterious death of its commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, Hamas has launched an internal probe to determine whether Israeli intelligence agency 'Mossad' has managed to infiltrate the top ranks of the Islamist movement.

"The assassination of someone as senior as Mabhouh has rung an alarm bell in Hamas," a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip told 'The Jerusalem Post'.

"Only a few people in the Hamas leadership knew about Mabhouh's secret activities and movements."

Many people in the movement and Syria were convinced that Mossad has infiltrated our top ranks, the official said.

"Obviously, the assassination of Mabhouh is a huge security blunder for Hamas, because it shows that the Israeli agents are sitting among our leaders in Damascus," he said.

The Hamas leader also said the faction was looking into the possibility that Israel has infiltrated the Syrian security services, which are responsible for the safety of the leaders of all the radical Palestinian groups based in Damascus.

"We don't rule out the possibility that the Israelis or some other security agency that works with them have recruited a senior Syrian intelligence officer who feeds them with details about the movements and whereabouts of representatives of Hamas and other groups, particularly Hizbullah," he said.

Meanwhile, the Islamic movement, which has complete control over Gaza Strip, appears to be divided over the question of whether to attack Israeli and Jewish targets around the world to avenge the killing of its top operative.

Some Hamas officials warned that "exporting" the fight against Israel to the international arena would jeopardies the movement's efforts to seek recognition by the West.

An unnamed Hamas representative in the West Bank asked his movement to abide by its long-standing policy of refraining from attacking Israeli and Jewish targets outside the Palestinian territories and Israel, the Post reported.

He predicted that despite the threats, Hamas would not "change the rules of the game" by carrying out terrorist attacks abroad.

Osama Hamdan, considered the movement's foreign minister, hinted that his movement has no intention to launch terrorist attacks on Israelis and Jews around the world.

"Hamas won't be dragged to the square where the Israelis want to take us,"?Hamdan said adding, "Hamas makes its decisions in a balanced manner and in accordance with the interests of the Palestinian people."

The Lebanon-based Hamas leader?said his movement does not make hasty decisions based on "emotional" considerations.

Shortly after blaming Israel for the killing of Mabhouh, a number of senior Hamas officials, including Mahmoud Zahar, declared that their movement would seek revenge outside Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Hamas's armed wing, Izzadin Kassam, issued a similar threat.


First Published: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 18:04

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