Toward the end, this caught my eye about Hamas’ expanding presence in the West Bank:
Meanwhile, Avi Diskin, head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), told the cabinet that Israel had identified widespread activity by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to block land purchases in east Jerusalem by Jews.
In addition, Diskin said that Egyptian cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi of the Muslim Brotherhood had allocated some $25 million for the purchase of property and to build Hamas charitable institutions that would expand the group’s reach in Jerusalem.
Diskin said that while there has been a drop in terrorist activity both in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, there was a “steady trickle” of foreigners into Gaza who were affiliated with the global Islamic jihad movement.
Likewise, he said, Hamas continued to develop its armament capabilities inside Gaza, even though the organization was not currently carrying out attacks.
Al-Qaradawi, the Egpytian cleric mentioned here, is the same who recently wrote a book on the concept of jihad that I wrote about here.