Fighting phantom Crusaders
He doesn’t want Hamas to accept a truce with Israel — despite the fact that Hamas would only do so in order to gather strength to fight the Israelis more fiercely later.
“Al-Qaida No. 2 urges Hamas: Don’t agree to Gaza truce,” from The Associated Press, February 23 (thanks to James):
Al-Qaida’s No. 2 warned Palestinians in Gaza against accepting a truce with Israel in an audio message posted on extremist Web sites, an Internet monitoring service said Monday.
Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahiri said Israel’s Arab aides are trying to impose a truce in Gaza to defeat the Palestinians and he called on them to be steadfast while Jewish targets are attacked around the world.
“The jihad to liberate Palestine and all the homelands of Islam mustn’t cease, and if the field tightens in one place, it widens in other places, and Crusader and Jewish targets are spread all over the world,” he said in a transcript of the speech provided by the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors Islamic extremist Web sites….