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Predictably, the Palestinians have called an end to the "truce" with Israel as the latter has continued to respond to the provocations supplied by Islamic Jihad. In this case, however, the notorious triangle strategy of the Palestinians has backfired on Mahmoud Abbas, as his own al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has betrayed his leadership and aligned itself with Islamic Jihad:
Palestinian armed groups ended a year-long truce with Israel yesterday in a move which could lead to new violence and derail elections in the West Bank and Gaza already threatened by lawlessness and political infighting.
The so-called "cool down" by militants has been frequently interrupted by rocket attacks launched from Gaza, and Islamic Jihad has continued to carry out suicide bombings on Israeli targets.
From the Israeli side, the "cool down" or truce has been non-existent. IJ terrorists have launched rockets from Gaza since Fatah and Hamas supposedly agreed to stop the violence. As I have often remarked, this classic triangle strategy allows the Palestinians to claim that Israel victimizes them whenever they try to achieve peace through negotiations, but the Israeli pullout from Gaza shows how ridiculous that argument has been all along. Now Abbas has to explain how he couldn't even control his own faction in upholding the truce.
I've said it before, and the Palestinians keep proving me correct: they want an all-out war with Israel, and they keep demanding leadership that will give it to them. One of these days, the West will finally allow Israel to give them what they want, and Egypt and Jordan will need to start preparing the refugee camps now for that day.Sphere It View blog reactions
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