Surveying the wreckage of a neighbor's bungalow hit by a Palestinian rocket, retired Israeli official Avner Cohen traces the missile's trajectory back to an "enormous, stupid mistake" made 30 years ago.
"Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel's creation," says Mr. Cohen, a Tunisian-born Jew who worked in Gaza for more than two decades. Responsible for religious affairs in the region until 1994, Mr. Cohen watched the Islamist movement take shape, muscle aside secular Palestinian rivals and then morph into what is today Hamas, a militant group that is sworn to Israel's destruction.
Israel created HAMAS to prevent Yassir Arafat's PLO from uniting Palestine against the Israeli occupation. After Arafat's assassination, Israel abandoned HAMAS and in order to keep Palestine divided, created Fatah. What Fatah does not realize is that if HAMAS falls, Israel will drop all support to Fatah and create yet another front group to keep Palestine divided and fighting amongst themselves.