Confidential Documents: United States Sponsored Palestinian Civil War
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Vanity Fair has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay bare a covert initiative, approved by Bush and implemented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil war. The plan was for forces led by [Fatah leader Mohammed] Dahlan, and armed with new weapons supplied at Americaâ€™s behest, to give Fatah the muscle it needed to remove the democratically elected Hamas-led government from power. (The State Department declined to comment.)
But the secret plan backfired, resulting in a further setback for American foreign policy under Bush. Instead of driving its enemies out of power, the U.S.-backed Fatah fighters inadvertently provoked Hamas to seize total control of Gaza. [...]
Within the Bush administration, the Palestinian policy set off a furious debate. One of its critics is David Wurmser, the avowed neoconservative, who resigned as Vice President Dick Cheneyâ€™s chief Middle East adviser in July 2007, a month after the Gaza coup.
Wurmser accuses the Bush administration of â€œengaging in a dirty war in an effort to provide a corrupt dictatorship [led by Abbas] with victory.â€ He believes that Hamas had no intention of taking Gaza until Fatah forced its hand. â€œIt looks to me that what happened wasnâ€™t so much a coup by Hamas but an attempted coup by Fatah that was pre-empted before it could happen,â€ Wurmser says.
The botched plan has rendered the dream of Middle East peace more remote than ever, but what really galls neocons such as Wurmser is the hypocrisy it exposed. â€œThere is a stunning disconnect between the presidentâ€™s call for Middle East democracy and this policy,â€ he says. â€œIt directly contradicts it.â€