Authored by Israeli analyst Pinhas Inbari, the report said the leak of
the documents from the the PA Negotiations Department has damaged the
credibility of PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. Erekat and other PA
officials have been called traitors who violated the strategy of the late
PLO chairman Yasser Arafat.
"The PA sees the publication of the documents as an act of state
espionage," the report said. "An open crisis broke out, with the PA accusing
Qatar of treason for hosting the largest U.S. bases in the Middle East."
For his part, Erekat has acknowledged that the A-Jazeera leaks suspended
the PA campaign to isolate Israel and gain international recognition of a
Palestinian state. The report, however, did not expect a Palestinian
backlash against the regime of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
"If there is popular rage, it is against A-Jazeera, as seen in attacks
on its property in Ramallah and in Tripoli, Lebanon," the report said.
The report said the documents, most of which appear genuine, also
pointed to Israeli-PA cooperation to kill Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip.
Inbari said this could "lead to a series of revenge attacks on an extended
family basis that could drag on for generations."
The report said A-Jazeera has been heavily influenced by Palestinians
who oppose any reconciliation with Israel. The satellite channel has come
under the management of Wadah Khanfar, who the report describes as a
radical Palestinian from Nablus.
"The Palestinian problem is seen as the main tool to trigger the 'Arab
masses' to revolt throughout the region," the report said.