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Islamic Jihad said on Sunday that it had 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 after rockets were fired at 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.
has only a few hundred followers in the West Bank. Its members have carried out
a number of suicide bombings in Israel.
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 recent years.
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 [wouldbe] suicide bombers.”
Members of his group were
“suffering a lot” in the West Bank because of the PA’s security measures and
“persecution,” he said.
Abu Ahmed described the PA’s crackdown as a
“national crime” against Palestinians.Hamas blames Arab League for recent Israeli attacks in Gaza
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
“The decision [to endorse direct talks] will seriously damage
the interests of the Palestinians,” Barhoum said. “It will also have dangerous
repercussions for the rights of the Palestinians.”