Wikileaks reveals Israel rather liked idea of Hamas taking Gaza

The Jerusalem Post has the story but misses the lead:

In another cable released Monday, it was revealed that during a 2007 June 12 meeting with US Ambassador to Israel Richard H. Jones, then-head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin said that Gaza was “number four” on his list of threats, preceded by Iran, Syria, and Hizbullah in that order.

The actual cable is more revealing, outlining the ideal Zionist position; demonise and isolate Palestinians in the name of gathering global support. How’s the love for Israel coming along?

Although not necessarily reflecting a GOI consensus view, Yadlin said Israel would be “happy” if Hamas took over Gaza because the IDF could then deal with Gaza as a hostile state. He dismissed the significance of an Iranian role in a Hamas-controlled Gaza “as long as they don’t have a port.”

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