Escalation of West Bank Terrorism Linked to Palestinian Authority’s Failing Governance – Ron Ben-Yishai
Israeli defense sources believe that the departure of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad has triggered a downward spiral in security due to an erosion of the capabilities of the Palestinian security forces. A lack of governance is one of the central factors in the rise in terror attacks in the West Bank last year. 45% of terror attacks in the West Bank were initiated or inspired by Hamas.
According to knowledgeable sources: “If the PA holds elections today, there is no certainty that Abu Mazen (Abbas) and the PLO would win. There is definitely a chance that Hamas would garner the majority of the Palestinian street’s votes.” (Ynet News)