The Palestinian Public Supports Suicide Bombers

(Ha'aretz) Danny Rubinstein - After the attack in Tel Aviv two weeks ago, the leader of Islamic Jihad, Sheikh Abdallah Ramadan Shalah, based in Damascus, was asked about the opposition to the attacks, as manifested in the talks sponsored by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. He replied confidently, "What opposition to the attacks? Eighty percent of the Palestinian public supports the suicide bombers!" Khaled Meshal, the head of the Hamas politburo, said last week that it is inconceivable for Hamas to join the discussions on the cessation of the attacks. The resolve and self-confidence of the implementers of terrorism rest on one main reason: the firm backing they are getting from the Palestinian population.

2003-01-20 00:00:00

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