WikiLeaks: "Israel actively supported Hamas"

Documents allegedly show that Israel was interested in empowering Hamas in attempt to end the first Intifada.
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During Operation "Protective Edge", news leaks website WikiLeaks exposes secret documents which were passed between American diplomats in the 1980's. These documents allegedly show that Israel was interested in enabling Hamas activity in its beginning, intending to weaken the Palestine Liberation Organization and ending the first Intifada.

Did Israel take part in enabling Hamas to reach its current dimensions and abilities? Documents from the 1980's belonging to the leaking website WikiLeaks show that Israel enabled Hamas to act in the first Intifada in order to enable it to strengthen, thus to cause a splitting of the Palestinian nation – in order to weaken the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) which was responsible for the Intifada.

"Many in the West Bank believe that Israel actively supports Hamas, in its effort to split the Palestinian nation and weaken the Intifada", one of the secret leaked documents, from September 23, 1988 reads. "Shop owners in Jerusalem and Nablus claim that while PLO members are secretly distributing leaflets for fear of the Israeli security forces, Hamas distributes its leaflets openly".

"Moreover", the American government wrote on the document, "In spite of the many arrests, only a small number of Hamas leaders have been arrested. We believe that not only does Israel turn a blind eye on Hamas activity, but even supports it".

"When the Intifada began official sources in Israel said that Hamas "serves as a useful counter-force for the secular organizations loyal to PLO", the revealed documents claim. A number of PLO activists even claimed that Israel used Hamas for this purpose.

Another claim that arises from the leak is that Israel sees in the Palestinian economy another way to rule Gaza. "Senior sources in Israel have approved a number of times to American embassy sources that they are planning to keep the economy in Gaza as low as possible, while always attempting to prevent a humanitarian crisis".

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