this is getting weird
According to recently released documents from the Mitrokhin Archives, Abbas was a KGB agent. Likely recruited when he was studying in Moscow in the early eighties.
Gates of Vienna reports:~
On Monday the unusual announcement was made that President Vladimir Putin had offered to broker talks between Abu Mazen and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow. The very next day the story broke that Mr. Abbas had been a KGB agent — not just an informant, but a full agent — back in the 1980s.
The timing of those two news stories seemed more than coincidental to a seasoned old paranoiac such as myself. However, it’s hard to figure out who is playing whom in this shadowy game, and why.
And Hotair.com states:~
As surprises go, this [Graeme: Abbas being a KGB agent] would be on the mild end of the spectrum. In 1983, Abbas was working with Yasser Arafat in the PLO, which had significant support from the Soviets, and in particular the KGB. Arafat had made overtures to the Kremlin almost since the PLO’s founding in 1964. A decade later, the PLO opened an embassy in Moscow, and four years after that the Soviets recognized PLO and Arafat as the only legitimate leadership of Palestinians. The KGB facilitated arms transfers and military training during this period. The only real surprise might be why the KGB would need a “mole” in the organization at all; it was clearly oriented toward the Kremlin.
It is worth remembering that Yasser Arafat's uncle, Haj Amin al-Husseini, worked tirelessly with the Nazis to exterminate the Jews during World War 2, having an implacable hatred of them - based firstly on theology - well before Germany seemed to offer a solution to the "Jewish problem". See my previous post on Islamic Jew hatred (and note the date of the quote in the picture below). It seems Arafat's uncle had direct involvement in sending 400,000 Jews to the gas chambers.
Doesn't it get interesting? What do all these people have in common?
According to the British record, Husseini told Hitler, “The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely the English, the Jews, and the Communists.”
Was it merely the USSR exploiting the situation? Or did the Soviets hate the Jews and their State as much as the Nazis and such Muslim scholars as al-Husseini? I wonder what else there might be? I wonder what that might mean for future Russian involvement in the Near East?
Vlad Tepes provides the interesting 6 minute video (good chance for you Hebrew scholars to practise) translated into English and Gates of Vienna provided the transcript below the READ MORE.
00:04 but today we are bringing you the scoop: Many years ago, when still young, he was a KGB agent.
00:09 This fact comes from documents smuggled out of the former USSR,
00:13 and according to them young Abbas served the Soviets in Damascus in the ’80s.
00:17 Our correspondent is here with the details.
00:20 Vasyli Mitrokhin, the KGB’s senior archive manager,
00:24 who opposed the Russian regime, defected to the West.
00:30 For ten years before he fled, he photographed and copied many documents,
00:36 which he kept safe at his summer house. When he defected — first to a Baltic country,
00:39 and from there to London — he took the documents with him. 00:43 The documents contain names and clues about approximately 1,000 spies and other details.
00:48 A few months ago this archive was opened to researchers. 00:52 Among them were the Truman Research Center’s employees Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez.
00:56 From the documents they received it is apparent that Mahmoud Abbas is named by the KGB as an agent.
01:02 Not a collaborator or an informant — a KGB agent.
01:08 Let’s see the reportage.
01:11 In the video before you there is not just one KGB agent, but two.
01:15 Not just Vladimir Putin, who was stationed in Dresden in the ’80s,
01:19 but also Mahmoud Abbas — who was at the same time a KBG agent in Damascus.
01:25 Dr. Isabella Ginor — According to the document you have here,
01:29 Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) was at some point in his life a KGB agent.
01:35 Yes, in 1983 he is defined as such by KGB and his handle is “Krotov,” which is derived
01:45 from the Russian word for mole. *”Krotov” — Mahmoud Abbas, born in 1935 in Palestine.
01:54 Member of FATAH and the PLO in Damascus. KGB Agent* 02:00 This is his description from an archive, gathered by a silent Russian dissident,
02:03 who was a KGB archive manager — Vasyli Mitrokhin.
02:06 This is the most important source of information we ever had on the scary organization,
02:09 which spied all over the world. He defected to the West when the USSR disintegrated.
02:14 Americans did not believe him, but the British understood what a treasure he brought over.
02:18 Thanks to these documents, many hidden weapons caches 02:21 were discovered all over the West, including Israel.
02:24 These caches were there in case WW3 would ever broke out. 02:27 Many spies were apprehended. What’s unclear is why Mahmoud Abbas’s name,
02:30 not an unknown entity, emerged only now.
02:33 Gideon Remez, researcher — The full Mitrokhin archive, 02:37 all the records he kept, became public only last year.
02:42 We ordered the full Middle East archive N24.
02:49 Cambridge University was the one that sent the archive to us and we read it all, every line.
02:55 A lot of it is about Soviet activity, mainly in the ’70s and ’80s, 02:58 among the Palestinians in the Middle East.
03:01 Wait a second, we are talking about the KGB — how authentic is this document?
03:05 There’s a very high probability this is authentic.
03:08 Of course we don’t know all the details. Mitrokhin copied the documents;
03:12 it is possible he took only highlights from the KGB’s archive, 03:16 and then he came to the West, to Britain, with these records. 03:20 It is important to say that according to the documents, Abbas was KGB agent in 1983,
03:24 but we don’t know if he was an agent before or after this date. 03:27 It would be reasonable to assume that he was recruited while studying in Moscow in 1982,
03:31 where he wrote his thesis about the Holocaust. As an interesting tidbit for the curious:
03:35 Abbas, who is now pressing on our Prime Minister
03:38 Benjamin Netanyahu to meet in Moscow of all places, served the KGB in Damascus
03:42 at exactly at the same time as Nikolay Bogdanov,
03:46 a Middle East expert, an Ambassador to Israel at one time, 03:49 and now Putin’s special envoy to the Middle East.
03:53 It is a coincidence, obviously, but still…
03:56 There are trusted persons, there are collaborators, there are informants.
04:02 Abu Mazen is defined as an agent.
04:08 Dr. Isabella Ginor and Dr. Gideon Remez are doing research in the Truman Center
04:14 into Russian-Middle East relations, specifically with Israel. 04:19 Their first book was “Foxbats over Dimona”
04:25 Now they are working hard on their second book about Russian-Israeli wars between 1967 and 1973.
04:30 That’s why they ordered the Mitrokhin archive.
04:35 The Mitrokhin archive is an inspiration for spies, researchers, movie and theater directors
04:38 and producers. Lubyanka’s long-term moles were the basis for the TV series “Americans”.
04:47 That raises an additional question — what about Russian moles in Israel?
04:51 How many of them were flushed out?
04:55 Professor Marcus Klingberg is the most famous one. In Mitrokhin’s documents
04:59 there are clues, agents’ handles, information about the places where spies are working in Israel.
05:03 Those who were fired, blackmailed or chose for the ideological reasons to spy for Kremlin.
05:08 Some of them were discovered. Researchers, academics and the Mossad are working on finding the rest
05:14 in order to assess the damage these spies may have caused and possibly are still causing.
05:21 So we have an informational gold mine which still needs to be worked on?
05:29 The intelligence officers have been working on it for years. 05:32 I talked just now to one of the highest ranking Mossad officers. 05:35 He told me that the Americans and the British had a disagreement over the authenticity of this archive
05:39 years ago, but now it is an accepted fact that the archive is authentic.