Nonetheless, they added the following:
-- a Hamas terror infrastructure "was maintained in part by activists who did time in Israeli prisons;"
-- there they learned about terror operations;
-- Hamas terror reflects operational as well as policy considerations;
-- while Hamas leaders want no confrontation with Israel in Gaza, they "apparently (have) no objection in principle to suicide attacks and abductions" in the West Bank and Jerusalem; and
-- "Shin Bet officials believe the attacks were approved by" Damascus-based Hamas leaders though no evidence proves it.
A Final Comment
Israel is pulling out all the stops to deny legitimate Palestinian rights. The August 18 bus and other attacks, killing and wounding Israelis, appeared very likely to be another strategically timed Israeli false flag.