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SUBJECT: CODEL ISSA MEETS WITH YASER ABED RABBO
Classified By: Consul General Jake Walles for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)
1. (C) Begin Summary. PLO Executive Committee Secretary
General Yaser Abed Rabbo told CODEL Issa June 24 that the
government of PM Salam Fayyad, if successful, could lead to
the creation of a new political current, mobilize disaffected
voters, and weaken HAMAS. He accused HAMAS of trying to
institute one party rule and an Islamic society in Gaza.
Warning that HAMAS could strike out as it becomes more
isolated, he called for diplomatic isolation that avoids a
humanitarian crisis or Israeli military action. He also said
the PA will investigate HAMAS-linked NGOs, in order to weaken
its social network. End Summary.
Fayyad: The Great Technocratic Hope
2. (C) In a June 24 meeting with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
and the Consul General, PLO Executive Committee Secretary
General Yaser Abed Rabbo said the new PA government led by PM
Salam Fayyad represents a great opportunity to give hope to
the many Palestinians who support neither HAMAS nor Fatah.
He said many people can potentially be brought into the
political system as supporters of an independent third party
and pointed to a recent An-Najah University poll that showed
72% support for PM Fayyad. Abed Rabbo said it is important
to strengthen Fayyad and his government to give them the
chance to build up support. He said there is still a danger
that elements within Fatah will work to undermine Fayyad to
increase their own political power, and he is working to
3. (C) Abed Rabbo accused HAMAS of planning to institute
one party rule in Gaza, while building a "Taliban-like"
Islamic society. He rejected HAMAS' recent statements
proposing dialogue with President Abbas and calling for calm
with Israel. He said such statements are an attempt to
reduce international pressure on HAMAS. He described HAMAS
as "a snake that had swallowed a cow", saying HAMAS cannot
solve Gaza's economic and social problems without
international assistance and Israeli coordination. Abed
Rabbo said HAMAS is part of an international conspiracy that
includes Qatar, Syria, Iran and Hizballah, all of whom were
aware in advance of HAMAS's plans in Gaza. He called for
HAMAS to be isolated diplomatically, economically and
socially and said he opposes any international contacts with
HAMAS. Abed Rabbo called HAMAS's takeover of Gaza a
"historic error" and said HAMAS must be made to "pay for it."
He also warned that the present situation is dangerous, and
HAMAS is likely to strike out violently in response to
internal and external pressure.
War and Starvation: No
4. (C) Abed Rabbo said the PA needs to work with the
Israelis now to coordinate on security in order to weaken
HAMAS in the West Bank. He warned, however, that a large
scale Israeli military attack on Gaza will only strengthen
HAMAS politically and weaken Abbas and Fayyad. He said a
humanitarian crisis in Gaza will have the same terrible
result. Asked by Rep. Issa how the PA can prevent support for
Gazans from benefiting HAMAS, Abed Rabbo said the PA must
isolate Gaza financially and pay only public sector employees
who are loyal to the PA.
Challenging the Culture of HAMAS
5. (C) Abed Rabbo said HAMAS has infiltrated the education
system and the religious establishment. He said Fatah never
understood the importance of culture and failed to respond to
HAMAS in these areas. Abed Rabbo said the new government must
limit HAMAS's role in civil society and will begin by
investigating Hamas-linked NGOs and charities.
6. (U) CODEL Issa did not have the chance to clear this
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