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The Islamic Jihad organization said on Sunday that it has decided to resume suicide attacks against Israel from the West Bank.
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The threat came in response to attacks launched by IAF planes on the Gaza Strip following the firing of rockets on Israel in the past few days.
The group, however, admitted that it has become very difficult to launch suicide attacks out of the West Bank because of security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
Islamic Jihad has only a few hundred followers in the West Bank. Members
of the group have in the past carried out a number of suicide bombings
PA security forces have arrested many of the group's members in the West
Bank. The IDF has also arrested dozens of Islamic Jihad activists in
"Suicide operations require places for training and preparing explosive
belts," said Abu Ahmed, spokesman for the Al-Quds Battalions, the armed
wing of Islamic Jihad. "It's very difficult to do these things because
of the policy of security coordination and the arrest of [would-be]
He said that members of his group were "suffering a lot" in the West
bank because of the PA's security measures and "persecution."
Abu Ahmed described the PA's crackdown as a "national crime" against
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Hamas, meanwhile, held the Arab League responsible for the latest
escalation because of its decision to endorse direct talks with Israel.
"Our people in the Gaza Strip are paying a heavy price for the sin and
mistake committed by the Arab League foreign ministers who gave a green
light to the Palestinian Authority to launch direct negotiations with
the occupation government," said Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas in
the Gaza Strip. "Israel was in need of a cover for its continued
aggression against our people."
Barhoum accused PA President Mahmoud Abbas and the Arab League of
"surrendering" to US and Israeli pressure.
"The decision [to endorse direct talks] will seriously damage the
interests of the Palestinians," he said. "It will also have dangerous
repercussions on the rights of the Palestinians."