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Viewing cable 08TELAVIV2745, CODEL WEXLER'S MEETING WITH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE

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SUBJECT: CODEL WEXLER'S MEETING WITH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE

CHIEF YADLIN



REF: A. TEL AVIV 2742

B. JERUSALEM 2202



Classified By: Acting DCM Marc Sievers, Reason 1.4 (b) (d)



1. (S) Summary. In his December 3 meeting with Israel

Defense Intelligence Director Yadlin, Representative Robert

Wexler (D-Florida) referred to his previous meeting with

Likud Party leader Netanyahu (reftel) and asked for Yadlin's

assessment of the possibility of Israel and the Palestinian

moving forward on the basis of an "economic peace." Yadlin

said Israel's relations with the Palestinians need time; the

next Israeli Prime Minister and perhaps the next PA President

will need the time to build trust. Trying to move directly

to a solution will result in violence as in 2000. Yadlin

said the Palestinians have established two entities. Abbas

and Fayyad rule the West Bank with Israel's support, while

Hamas has established a terrorist entity in Gaza. Yadlin

stressed that Israel is on the right track in the West Bank,

while he advocates taking a "much tougher" approach to Gaza.

Yadlin said Israel can find Hamas officials where they live

and work in Gaza. If the firing of rockets and mortars from

Gaza continues, the IDF will "use this card," i.e. resume

targetted assassinations, in order to "change the paradigm."

End Summary.



2. (S) Representative Robert Wexler, accompanied by staffer

Jonathan Katz, control officer and PolCouns called on Israel

Defense Intelligence (IDI) Director Major General Amos Yadlin

in the Kirya December 3. Noting that he had just come from a

meeting with Likud Party leader Bibi Netanyahu, Congressman

Wexler noted the Netanyahu is talking about an economic plan

for developing the West Bank, while Prime Minister Fayyad

says the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is not economic in

nature. Proceeding from the assumption that Netanyahu is

likely to form the next Israeli government, Wexler asked

whether Yadlin thought it would be possible to marry

Netanyahu's economic plan with Fayyad's pragmatic approach of

getting "deliverables" and reducing the IDF's role.



3. (S) Yadlin replied that the Palestinians are only

Israel's number four threat in the IDI's assessment,

following Iran, Syria, and Hizballah. Although the

Palestinians are not the IDI's top concern, Yadlin said he

would answer the question by noting that it will take time to

marry Netanyahu's approach to Fayyad's. If the parties

attempt to move straight to resolving the conflict, the

attempt will collapse and result in violence as in the start

of the Second Intifada after the 2000 Camp David summit. The

key question is how can the Palestinian Authority control

terrorism. Yadlin said the USSC General Dayton is doing "a

very good job" of training the PA Security Forces, but Yadlin

quoted Dayton as saying that the PASF will need three to five

years to build its counter-terrorist capabilities, including

a functioning justice system.



4. (S) Yadlin said the IDF is out of the Jenin area unless

it receives reports of a "ticking bomb." The PA, however, is

ignoring Gaza and Fayyad insists on paying salaries in Gaza,

which helps Hamas. Yadlin said this is a "big mistake."

Yadlin noted that the Palestinians have created two entities.

President Abbas and Fayyad condemn terrorism and stress that

Palestinian national goals can be achieved through

negotiations. They rule in the West Bank with Israel's

assistance. In Gaza, a terrorist organization is in power

and Hamas preaches that Palestinian aspirations can be

achieved through terrorism. This division provides Israel

with a "historic opportunity" to prove that Hamas' approach

will fail.



5. (S) Yadlin insisted that Israel must not withdraw from

the West Bank too soon or it would pave the way for a new

wave of suicide bombings inside Israel. Israel's good

security situation is a direct result of the IDF and Shin

Bet's sustained effort to destroy terrorism in the West Bank.

This efforts continues every night of the year. It will

take time to build trust between the next Israeli prime

minister and perhaps the next PA president as well. Yadlin

said he is satisfied that Israel is now on the right track in

the West Bank. The IDF has figured out how to remove

obstacles that affect the Palestinian economy while leaving

in place the means to ensure Israel's security. In Gaza,

however, Israel needs to be "much tougher."



6. (S) Congressman Wexler asked why Fayyad wants to send

money to Gaza. Yadlin said Fayyad fears that if he does not,

Hamas will bring in money from Iran, but Yadlin added that

this concern was misplaced. Hamas' control of Gaza provides

an opportunity. Since the terrorists are now the government,

Israel knows which terrorist is sitting in what office and

where their homes are. They have come out of hiding and into



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the open, so the IDF can identify and find them. Yadlin

warned that if the shelling of Israeli communities from Gaza

continues, Israel can "use this card" against Hamas. It will

"change the paradigm," he concluded.



7. (S) Comment. While Yadlin did not use the phrase

"targeted assassinations," it was clear from the context that

he is advocating this approach to countering the threat from

Hamas. It was also clear that he strongly opposes those in

the GOI who advocate maintaining a base of currency flow into

Gaza. End comment.



8. (U) CODEL Wexler did not have the opportunity to clear

this cable.



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