JERUSALEM – While Israeli negotiators held peace talks yesterday with
members of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah
organization, Abbas' declared military wing announced it will attempt a
series of suicide bombings inside Israel.
"The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades calls on its members in the Gaza Strip
and West Bank to launch a series of martyrdom bombing attacks, shooting
attacks and rocket attacks in response to the Zionist escalation in Gaza,"
said an official Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades pamphlet distributed in the West
Bank yesterday and obtained by WND.
"The military wing of Fatah stays loyal to Fatah strategy and the way
of Abu Amar (Yasser Arafat). We call on our brothers to take their weapons
and plan attacks and attack every Israeli target. ... Al Aqsa threatens
our reaction will come very soon in the middle of your (Israeli) cities,"
stated the pamphlet.
The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah's military wing, is listed by the
State Department as a terror group. It took responsibility, along with the
Islamic Jihad terror organization, for every suicide bombing in Israel in
2005 and 2006 and for thousands of shootings and rocket attacks.
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In an interview, Abu Oudai, a chief of the Brigades in the northern
West Bank, told WND the pamphlet addresses his group's objectives.
"The second intifada is entering a new cycle," said Abu Oudai. "We are
proud to declare that on its 43rd anniversary Fatah is back to leading
armed struggle. The Israelis will learn in the coming days what are our
The terror leader claimed his group's planned attacks were in response
to Israeli "atrocities" in the Gaza Strip, referring to Israeli
anti-terror efforts to combat escalated rocket fire from Gaza into nearby
Palestinian terrorists in Gaza yesterday fired some 40 rockets into
Israel, wounding four people, including two motorists hurt when a rocket
slammed into a busy intersection.
The Israel Defense Forces yesterday killed at least three Palestinian
terrorists in two separate air strikes in Gaza. In one attack, a senior
terrorist in the Hamas-allied Popular Resistance Committees, which took
credit for many of this week's rocket attacks, and the terrorist's wife
were killed when a missile fired from the air hit their white sedan in
On Wednesday, the IDF reportedly mistakenly hit a car of Palestinian
civilians while targeting a nearby vehicle carrying terrorists who had
just fired rockets at Israel. While Palestinian terror leaders vowed
revenge, the IDF pointed out it put to use better targeting capabilities
in recent years that have limited the number of civilians killed in air
strikes from roughly 50 percent in 2002 to 2-3 percent last year.
In what would be considered a major escalation, Hamas
Wednesday claimed to WND it fired Katyusha rockets from the Gaza Strip
aimed at a strategic Israeli city. Katyusha rockets can travel farther and
carry much larger payloads than Qassam rockets, the brand usually launched
by Gaza-based terror groups.
The escalation in violence follows a visit to the region last week by
President Bush in which the U.S. leader termed Abbas a "negotiating
partner" and urged Israel to create a Palestinian state before the end of
Bush aimed to inject momentum into negotiations started at November's
Annapolis summit in which Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to commence
talks leading to a Palestinian state. Israel is widely expected to
withdraw from most of the West Bank and key eastern sections of Jerusalem.
Senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met the past few days,
including yesterday. Also, according to top diplomatic sources in
Jerusalem and Ramallah, Abbas and Olmert held a secret personal meeting in
Jerusalem Wednesday to advance talks.
Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily's Jerusalem
bureau chief, is known for his regular interviews with Mideast terror
leaders and his popular segments on America's top radio programs. His
newly released book is "Schmoozing with
Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land, Jihadists Reveal their Global
Plans – to a Jew!"
Original article: World Net Daily