Beware of Palestinian Authority Leaders Bearing Gifts?

A member of the Palestinian Authority recently placed a surprising order at a retail outlet of the ‘Hatzorfim’ silver Judaica ornament factory, according to Arutz Sheva Hebrew site..

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He requested two prestigious gifts of silver and crystal,  saying that one was chosen as a farewell gift to ex-ISA (Israel Security Agency) head Yuval Diskin, and one as a welcoming gift for the new ISA head Yoram Cohen, courtesy of PA Chairman, Mahmoud Abbas.

The PA purchaser added dedications to the gifts, thanking Diskin for his cooperation, and looking forward to future cooperation with Cohen.

The ISA told Arutz Sheva in response that ”Since the ISA does not divulge details of agency relations with foreign entities, we cannot relate to the issue.”

Relating to the gifts, the ISA said, “The agency is acting in accordance with the Public Service Law on Gifts -1979”

Cohen assumed the position of ISA head six weeks ago. He was assistant ISA head between 2005-2008, and is the first religious head of the ISA. He was born in 1960, and is married with 5 children. He has been a resident of Jerusalem since 1983, and was raised and educated in Tel Aviv. He studied at the ‘Medrashiat Noam’ Yeshiva High school in Pardes Chana, and served in the IDF in the Golani brigade.

Yuval Diskin, born 1956, began his career at the ISA in 1978. He was responsible for security coordination over a number of years, is deeply acquainted with the heads of the Palestinian security services, and has been responsible for an uncompromising war against terror and  terrorist infrastructures throughout Judea and Samaria.

During the worst years of terrorism, he headed the operational region responsible for destroying Hamas military infrastructure throughout Judea and Samaria. He was appointed head of the ISA in February 2005.


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