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Abbas' group: We're with Iranian president

JERUSALEM – The military wing of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party today expressed solidarity with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks to “wipe Israel off the map,” and is currently the only Palestinian terror group to reject a cease fire being quietly negotiated by Egypt, WND has learned.

“We express our full support and solidarity with the Iranian President in which he frankly called to erase Israel from the map of the world. We support the Iranian President’s position vis-?-vis this illusion that is the state of Israel and we say that with the help of Allah this illusion will disappear,” stated a pamphlet distributed in Gaza yesterday by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and obtained by WorldNetDaily.

The Brigades was founded in 2000 by senior Fatah members to serve as the “resistance” wing of their party.

Continued the pamphlet: “Everyone who recognizes Israel as a state while it continues to exist on Palestinian land neglects and disregards the Palestinian people who daily sacrifice their blood for the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem.”

Al Aqsa also stated “the clashes taking place in our occupied territories will determine our destiny for hundreds of years to come.”

The comments come as Egypt is attempting to broker a renewed cease fire with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Al Aqsa since the current truce, signed in February, expires at the end of the year.

Senior security officials told WND Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been personally negotiating the proposed truce with the Damascus-based leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Hamas’ Gaza chief Mahmoud al-Zahar yesterday announced his group would agree to halt attacks if Israel ceases anti-terror raids, frees Palestinian prisoners, and “stays out of Palestinian election affairs.”

Fresh from carrying out several shooting attacks and a suicide bombing two weeks ago that killed six Israelis, Islamic Jihad leaders reportedly also agreed to abide by a cease-fire under similar conditions set forth by al-Zahar.

But a source close to Al Aqsa told WND today, “the group has absolutely no plans to sign any cease fire now or anytime in the future,” making Al Aqsa the only group to officially reject the Egyptian truce proposal.

A cease-fire was signed Feb. 8 between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Since that agreement, three suicide bombings and hundreds of shooting attacks have been carried out, and Palestinian terror groups fired over 300 rockets and mortars at Jewish communities in and near the Gaza Strip, killing four and injuring dozens. After most attacks, the terror groups reiterated their commitment to the February cease fire.