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Former head of Israeli intelligence says security coordination with the PA included field operations

February 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

The former head of Shabak, the Israeli Intelligence Agency, has praised his country’s security coordination the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority. Ami Ayalon said that “without such coordination we couldn’t have thwarted major terrorist operations.”

In remarks made on 26 January to Israeli Army Radio, Ayalon explained: “We have gone beyond security coordination with the Palestinian side; in some cases the stage of intelligence cooperation has reached bilateral collaboration in the field operations.”

Commenting on the so-called Palestine Papers revealed by Al-Jazeera, he expressed his belief that their disclosure “is an attempt to focus on the weaknesses of the Palestinian Authority by projecting it as a client of the United States and Israel.” The Al-Jazeera leaks revealed that security coordination between the PA and the Israeli occupation authority has reached an “advanced” stage.