Expect Copycat Armed Groups after Palestinian Lions' Den

(JNS) Yaakov Lappin - Despite the blows dealt to the Nablus-based Lions' Den terrorist group by Israeli security forces, it will continue to serve as a model for many Palestinians. Col. (res.) Moshe Elad, one of the founders of security coordination between the IDF and the PA, and a lecturer at Western Galilee College, told JNS: "We will apparently hear more about other groups and their various names who succeed the Lions' Den, because the Palestinian history and legacy points to imitation as a central motive in this society." In previous years, "there were the 'hawks of Fatah' and the 'Eagles of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,'...the comparison to animals is a winning and prestigious message....Lion's Den is perceived as a winning organization," despite its leading members being killed and arrested and some of its members turning themselves in. "In Palestinian tradition, failure becomes dazzling victory."

2022-11-03 00:00:00

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