Ma'an News Agency
December 21, 2010 - 1:00am

Israeli general intelligence chief Yuval Diskin perjured himself during a June 2007 meeting with US officials, Fatah leaders said in a statement on Tuesday, after comments made by the chief were revealed by WikiLeaks.

One day after leaked cables were made public by WikiLeaks, of a meeting between Diskin and US officials where the former told diplomats that following the Hamas take over of Gaza, Fatah officials had asked for Israeli assistance to "attack Hamas," noting he believed the party left ruling the West Bank was "desperate."

Responding, Fatah's communications office said "claims by chief of Israeli general intelligence in the leaked cables were completely wrong." He said the behavior characterized by Diskin was "inconsistent with Fatah principles and patriotic values."

The statement continued, saying Fatah would never ask "the Israeli occupation for support against any Palestinian side under any circumstance." It described the claims in the leaked cable as a "forgery and naked conspiracy" by Israeli intelligence in attempt to widen the gap between rival Palestinian parties.


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