Fatah Praises Jihad Attack in Tel Aviv

Fatah, the terrorist organization currently in command of the Palestinian Authority, praised the Islamic Jihad for its suicide bombing in Tel Aviv last week.

Nissan Ratzlav-Katz , | updated: 9:10 PM

The "Jerusalem Brigade" of Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the Tel Aviv attack, which was perpetrated by a terrorist from PA-controlled Shechem. In a follow-up communique, the Jihad warned Israel against attempts to strike the organization's operatives in retaliation, threatening major attacks in response. On Saturday, Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for firing an improved rocket at the city of Ashkelon, north of the Gaza Strip.

Alongside its praise for the Islamic Jihad's suicide bombing attack on Thursday, which injured 30 people, Fatah leaders also expressed displeasure with the criticism of the attack by the official spokesmen of the Palestinian Authority.

In reference to the suicide bombing, a senior member of Fatah's Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade told the Israeli Yediot Aharonot newspaper that it was "a blessed operation that comes in response to recent Israeli assassinations." It was justified, the terrorist claimed, due to Israeli breaches of a ceasefire reached with Fatah and Hamas.

Islamic Jihad never agreed to hold its fire, however, and all PA terror groups continue rocket attacks on Israeli targets.

Another senior Fatah terrorist, Abu Khaled, referred to the attack as "a heroic operation" and called upon the PA "to stand by the Palestinian resistance and cease the embarrassing statements of its leaders against suicide operations and against the Palestinian fighters."

Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz said last week that the attack in Tel Aviv was a "direct result of the terror axis between Iran and Syria. Iran supplied the money, and Islamic Jihad headquarters in Damascus sent operative instructions to the organization's terrorists in Shechem." Mofaz said that Israel's security establishment has concrete proof of the Syrian-Iranian connection.

On Friday, IDF soldiers involved in counter-terrorism operations in Shechem arrested seven suspects, including Islamic Jihad, Fatah and Hamas terrorists. No injuries were reported in the operation and the suspects were turned over to security authorities for interrogation.