Saturday, September 01, 2007

Fatah Continues Israel Attacks Despite Amnesty

While the UN is keeping itself busy condemning Israel for the lack of peace in the Middle East, Fatah members are shooting rockets into Israel.

WorldNetDaily reported yesterday that Fatah's military wing has no intention of stopping its attacks on Israel.

A top leader of the so-called "military wing" of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party vowed in a WND interview his terror group would continue firing rockets from the Gaza Strip at nearby Jewish communities regardless of peace negotiations reportedly taking place between Abbas and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed to WND they have a new rocket in Gaza that can travel further than those previously fired from the territory.

"No matter what happens in negotiations, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades will keep shooting these rockets at the Zionists," Abu Lel Muntasser, chief of the Brigades in the southern Gaza Strip, told WND.

In a gesture to Abbas' Olmert last month granted amnesty to 178 West Bank-based members of the Brigades, Fatah's declared military wing which took responsibility along with the Islamic Jihad terror group for every suicide bombing in Israel the past two years.

Israel issued documents for the 178 Fatah fugitives to sign, pledging their resignation from any so-called paramilitary organizations. The wanted militants – who comprise much of the senior Brigades leadership – also were required to turn in their weapons, spend a week in a PA holding area and restrict their movements to the area in which they reside for three months. After that, they would be allowed to move freely throughout the West Bank.

In spite of the amnesty deal, Brigades members, including those taken off Israel's wanted list, have been carrying out attacks in recent weeks, security sources said.

The pledges of Abbas's people aren't worth the paper they're printed on, so the pledges of Abbas aren't worth the paper they're printed on or the hands they're shaken with. And yet Olmert keeps making deals with liars and expecting them to keep their word.

The UN needs to hold the Palestinians accountable for the deals they make (which isn't going to happen, short of multiple miracles) and recognize Israel's right to self-defense (also not going to happen).

But more important, if Olmert can't stop making stupid, self-defeating deals with the PA, then Israel needs to boot him out and put in someone who can see reality and respond to it appropriately. Is there such a someone in Israel?

1 comment:

janice said...

I hope Israel comes to its senses soon and (re)elect Bibi Netanyahu.