There’s giving someone the rope with which to hang you… and then there’s this.
JERUSALEM – Weapons transferred last week by Israel to Force 17, the presidential guard units of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, will be utilized for attacks against Jews, a senior member of Force 17 told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive
The militant, Abu Yousuf, hinted the weapons already were used in two shooting attacks the past few days that killed one Israeli civilian and wounded another.
Olmert said the shipment was meant to bolster security forces loyal to Abbas amid an increasingly violent power struggle between the PA chairman’s Fatah party and Hamas, which won recent Palestinian parliamentary elections.
“I did this because we are running out of time and we need to help Abu Mazen,” Olmert told reporters Tuesday.
The weapons reportedly were escorted by Israel to Ramallah and to the Gaza border where they were received by Force 17 members.
Abu Yousuf said the weapons will be fired at Israelis.
“These weapons will not be used in an internal war but against Israelis,” he said. “Force 17 is proud that we were the first to lead the Palestinian people during tough times such as resistance operations [against the Israeli army during large-scale operations in northern Samaria in 2002]. We will also be the first to lead the Palestinians in the current struggle against Israeli occupation.”
Several Force 17 members, including Yousuf, also are members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a terror group linked to Abbas’ Fatah party responsible for scores of suicide bombings and shooting attacks.