“The ambassador...said the important questions to ask are about what the motivation is behind them, and why ‘somebody is making an effort to leak this stuff and give it prominence.’ (Emphasis added)
“Without saying who he thinks is behind the stories, Oren speculated that it could be elements inside the security establishment opposed to granting Israelis visa waivers; it could be people within the intelligence services acting to preempt an early release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard; or it may be individuals who hold Israel responsible for the failure of the peace talks seeking retribution.”
The legislation still has to pass three readings in the Knesset.
While possibility of true success for a Hamas-Fatah unity remains dubious, the process does seem to be rolling along in certain superficial ways – a release of prisoners, appearance of a Hamas newspaper in PA-administered Judea and Samaria, etc.
But with it all, Hamas is insisting that it will be in control of the military in a unified gov’t. There will certainly be no dismantling of the Hamas military arm - Al-Qassam Brigades, or agreement that it be under the jurisdiction of Fatah.
I will end with good news about Israel:
See this lovely video about the Youth Village of Yemin Orde, which houses and educates immigrant youth from many cultures:
And then this about the Israeli Save a Child’s Heart foundation which treats children from all over the world: