JERUSALEM – With just one week before a U.S-sponsored peace summit in Annapolis, the military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization today took responsibility for the fatal shooting of an Israeli.
A leader of Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades called WND to take credit for killing a 29-year-old Israeli civilian in the northern West Bank.
Leaders of the Brigades said a cell of their organization in the northern West Bank city of Nablus carried out the attack. The cell is named the Annunciation Brigades, according to Al Aqsa leaders.
Al Aqsa will continue fighting until the liberation of our lands,” said an Al Aqsa statement provided to WND.
The Brigades also took responsibility for a foiled attempt to infiltrate Netiv Ha’asara, a Jewish community near the Gaza Strip. If the attack would have succeeded, it would have marked the first time Palestinian terrorists infiltrated a Jewish city near Gaza.
Fatah’s attacks today come on the heals of the Annapolis summit at which Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is widely expected to outline a Palestinian state in most of the West Bank, which borders Jerusalem and is within rocket range of Tel Aviv and Israel’s international airport. Israel would move to transfer the territory to Abbas’ Fatah party.
There have been reports – denied by Olmert – the prime minister will also seek to hand over eastern sections of Jerusalem to Abbas.
Olmert today told the Knesset that Israel would not establish any new Jewish communities in the West Bank and will begin to dismantle what are termed existing illegal outposts, or Jewish structures built without government permits.
Also today, the Knesset’s security cabinet approved Olmert’s request to release 441 Palestinian prisoners before next week’s summit as a gesture to Abbas. Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi strongly opposed the prisoner release, citing security concerns.
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