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The following is excerpted from the latest issue of Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the premium, online, intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND. Annual subscriptions have been reduced to $99 a year and monthly subscriptions are now just $9.95.

If Sept. 11, 2001, represented the biggest intelligence breakdown in the history of the United States, the “surprise” Palestinian election results this week are likely the biggest intelligence breakdown in the history of Israel.

As Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom put it, the overwhelming victory by Hamas is “an earthquake that will set us back 50 years and lead the entire region to chaos.”

“The writing was on the wall,” he said. “I warned (Ehud) Olmert in our first meeting after he assumed the post of acting prime minister. For months I attempted to prevent Hamas participation in the elections. We initiated a large-scale diplomatic move and forwarded the Hamas charter, which calls on Israel’s destruction, to world leaders.”

Shalom said: “No, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.”

In Israel, some are comparing the intelligence failure to one in 1973 when Israel did not anticipate the Yom Kippur War.

Indeed, according to G2B sources, Olmert was assured by Israeli intelligence that Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party would win the elections. Instead, Hamas won in a landslide and will take over effective control of the Palestinian Authority government.

Olmert’s predecessor, Ariel Sharon, who lies in a coma after a massive brain hemorrhage, opposed permitting the vote to take place if Hamas was allowed to participate. But, under pressure from the international community, Olmert relented – and the rest is history.

The Palestinian Authority is now on its way to becoming “Hamastan,” a country in the making that aims to be governed along the lines of Taliban Afghanistan and sworn to the destruction of Israel.

But is there a silver lining under this dark cloud?

Find out in the latest issue of Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the weekly, premium, online intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND. Annual subscriptions have been slashed in half to only $99. And monthly trial subscriptions are now only $9.95.

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