|The tomb of Yasser Arafat is seen near where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah,West Bank Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010|
Gaza City, 29 Sept. (AKI) - The late Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat had instructed Hamas to launch terror attacks against Israel when he realized that peace talks were faltering, Mahmoud Zahar, one of the Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, said according to a report in Arab-language newspaper al-Hayat.
“President Arafat instructed Hamas to carry out a number of military operations in the heart of the Jewish state after he felt that his negotiations with the Israeli government then had failed,” Zahar told students and lecturers at the Islamic University in Gaza City.
This was the first time that a senior Hamas official disclosed that some of the Hamas suicide bombings during the second intifada were ordered by Arafat.
Zahr didn't specify when Arafat gave the attack orders but it is believed to he was referring to the failed Camp David summit in 2000.