Another example of how fantasy-based policymaking just doesn’t work.
“Terrorists: Amnesty shamnesty! We prefer human slaughter: Militant leader says organization granted ‘free pass’ by Olmert won’t disarm,” by Aaron Klein for WorldNetDaily.com (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
JAFFA, Israel — The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group will not disarm or cease attacks on the Jewish state in spite of an amnesty agreement forged with Israel last month in which top Brigades members pledged to turn in their weapons and refrain from attacks, a senior Brigades leader told WND.
“We respect our leaders but will keep fighting until Israel withdraws completely from the West Bank. We are the resistance. We will keep fighting and never give up our weapons until Israel withdraws,” said Ayad Frehat, a Brigades leader in the West Bank city of Jenin.
“Whenever the Israeli army acts in the West Bank, we will fight side-by-side with our brothers from the other resistance movements,” Frehat told WND.
Frehat is on a list of Brigades members presented to Israel for amnesty consideration.
Last month, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert granted amnesty to 178 members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the declared “military wing” of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah’s organization, in exchange for pledges not to engage in terrorist activity.
The Brigades, along with Islamic Jihad, has taken responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel the past three years. The amnesty agreement reportedly was made as an Israeli gesture to Abbas’ and to bolster Fatah against Hamas in the West Bank.
Israel issued documents for the 178 Fatah fugitives to sign, pledging their resignation from any so-called paramilitary organizations. The wanted militants — who comprise much of the senior Brigades leadership — also were required to turn in their weapons, spend a week in a PA holding area and restrict their movements to the area in which they reside for three months. After that, they would be allowed to move freely throughout the West Bank.