JERUSALEM – Now that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ long-ruling Fatah Party has been forced into the opposition by Hamas’ rise to power, Fatah and its “military offshoot,” the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, will become the most active Palestinian terror group, a senior Brigades leader said in an exclusive interview.
The leader said Abbas’ party supports the Brigades’ terror attacks against Israeli civilians and approves of a massive violent offensive he warned will soon be launched against the Jewish state, in part to revolt against Hamas.
“Like in the previous days [when] Hamas was not in the government but it carried out [resistance] operations, now Fatah will follow this kind of policy,” said Abu Nasser, a Brigades leader in the West Bank during an exclusive interview with WND’s Aaron Klein and ABC Radio’s John Batchelor broadcast on Batchelor’s national program for which Klein serves as a co-host. (Listen to part 1 of the radio interview.)
Abu Nasser warned of a “third intifada” the Brigades will perpetrate against Israel, and said Abbas’ Fatah Party approves of the upcoming terror campaign.
Acting Prime Minister Ehuld Olmert last week announced his administration will seek to “change Israel’s borders” by withdrawing from most of the West Bank, which runs alongside many major Israeli cities and the country’s international airport. Asked if the Al Aqsa Brigades will launch rockets at nearby towns – including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv – following any Israeli pullout from the West Bank, Abu Nasser replied, “I can tell you that you can count on it that there will be big surprises waiting [for the Israelis.]” (Listen to part 2 of the radio interview.)
In a widely circulated report, Abu Nasser and other terror leaders this week told WorldNetDaily recent events here are leading them to launch what they called a third intifada against Israel consisting of suicide bombings, rocket attacks against Jewish communities and “a few new surprises in our arsenal.”
The Palestinians launched their first intifada in 1987, which developed into a well-organized violent rebellion orchestrated by Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization from its headquarters in Tunis. The so-called second intifada was initiated in 2000 after Arafat rejected at Camp David an Israeli offer of a Palestinian state on most of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and sections of eastern Jerusalem. Some 993 Israelis and 3,781 Palestinians have been killed so far. Many say the second intifada is still being waged.
Some terror leaders, particularly from the Al Aqsa Brigades, whose associated Fatah Party scored poorly against Hamas in last month’s parliamentary elections, say they are planning massive violence against Israeli civilians mostly to revolt against the new Hamas-controlled Palestinian government.
Said Abu Nasser: “When we were in power, we were obliged to be more sensitive and more obedient to the instructions and policies of our leadership. Now that we lost the elections, why should we obey the leaders and just who do we obey? The Hamas?”
He said the Brigades will not respect any cease-fire agreed to by Hamas and will not halt attacks at Hamas’ request.
Other terror leaders told WND now that Olmert announced he will seek a West Bank withdrawal, terrorism against Israel must be stepped up “to prove we are chasing out the Israelis like we did in Gaza.”
WorldNetDaily caught up with Abu Oudai, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades leader responsible for coordinating the organization’s rocket network in the West Bank. He warned his organization is preparing a rocket war against Israel:
“We have launched [several] times and with the help of Allah we will launch these rockets regularly. There will be no calm, no cease-fire until the occupation leaves our land. I don’t need to tell you that the aerial distance from Jenin to Netanya, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities is not big without telling you what are all our plans concerning other parts of the West Bank.”
Abu Abir, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, responsible for most rocket firings from Gaza the past five years, boasted to WND his group transported missiles to the West Bank and will also soon launch a new intifada. He warned Jerusalem and Tel Aviv will eventually be bombarded by rockets.
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Abu Hani told WND his terror group used a cease-fire signed with Israel last year “for a rest in order to rehabilitate forces. The Palestinian people preserves its right to fight against Israel …which is forcing us to launch a new intifada.”
Islamic Jihad’s northern West Bank leader, Abu Khalil, said his terror group is planning a new terror onslaught to chase Israel from the West Bank and eventually from Jerusalem.
Asked by WND which weapons will be emphasized during Islamic Jihad’s next wave of terror attacks, Abu Khalil replied, “I should not answer this question for operational reasons. But we proved that we use everything Allah enables us to achieve and to use – suicide attacks, rockets and more surprises. The Israelis should wait for interesting surprises.”