"The Palestinians will do everything in their power to hurt Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon," Al-Al warned. "I want to turn Sharon's life into hell on earth since he has turned the lives of the Palestinians into hell."
He confirmed Israeli intelligence reports that Arab terrorists have transferred knowledge and technology on making Kassam rockets from Gaza to Judea and Samaria.
Terrorists, meanwhile, continue civil war throughout Gaza, Judea and Samaria amid calls by Gaza strongman Mohamed Dahlan that armed gangs associated with the ruling Fatah party lay down their weapons. He said they should concentrate on the upcoming Palestinian Authority (PA) legislative elections scheduled for January.
One PA policeman died and another was wounded in a shootout when PA police tried to break up an argument in a Tulkarm coffee shop Friday night. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing, but the Al Aqsa Martyrs Bridge terrorist organization announced it was not involved.
Dahlan said Saturday, "We are the pioneers in the Fatah movement and we should put an end to the division. We should be united. It’s time for democracy."
The PA is reluctant to crack down on terrorists and criminals and has been negotiating with kidnappers rather than fighting them, according to an Associated Press report.
Arab terrorist factions carried out 44 kidnappings last month, the AP reported. It said that PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has not tried to disarm terrorists because "he doesn't want to unleash a battle he could easily lose."
Terrorist Abu Abir told AP that nepotism in the PA is one of the reasons for the kidnappings, which often are used as ways to secure jobs. Several kidnap victims are corrupt officials whom Abbas has refused to arrest, he said, citing Moussa Arafat, the former PA security chief who was recently was murdered and whose son was kidnapped and beaten for two days before being released.
One kidnapper wanted by the PA recently walked into a Gaza police station to negotiate the release of members of his gang and was not arrested, according to the AP.
Knight-Ridder journalist Dion Nissenbaum, who recently was seized by terrorists for several hours, said that PA security officials know the identities of the gang who seized him but that Abbas decided to give them jobs instead of arresting them.