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April 14, 2003

Trouble in the Holy Land

A report from WorldNetDaily
[...]Military sources tell Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin that Palestinians and Jordanians engaged the U.S. Army's 3rd infantry division in fierce battles south of Baghdad last week using rocket-propelled grenades, suicide trucks, artillery and sniper fire.

But the subsequent toppling of the Baathist regime has hurt both the morale and organizational ability of Palestinian terror groups, according to security experts interviewed by the Post.

"Without Saddam's money, the terrorist groups will now have a hard time buying equipment, enlisting people and funding missions," said Merhav. Before the war, Iraq doled out some $30 million to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers participating in the uprising against Israel.

But experts told the paper the groups may be down, but they're not out. Most expect Hamas and Islamic Jihad will lay low for three to four weeks.

"Then they will strike out to prove that they have not been defeated," said MK Ehud Yatom, a former senior Shin Bet official.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders in the Gaza Strip appear to be in denial over the course of events in Iraq and an Hamas official called upon the Iraqi people to rise against the West and install an anti-Israel Islamic government, reported Israel Radio.

"The wave of Islamic fundamentalism is very strong," Yisrael Shai, a former Shin Bet agent, told the Post. "Unless the world unites and cracks down on terrorists and supports moderate Muslim clerics, this phenomenon will be around for a long time." [more]