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التايم الأمريكية - 22/6/2007
Can Hamas Rein in Islamic Jihad?
may have emerged victorious over Fatah in
Gaza's many militant groups, the boys of Islamic Jihad
have a different swagger. They walk with death in their
shadows, and they move with the stiff pretense of being
unafraid of it. Of course, they don't call it death but
"martyrdom," and it awaits them in the form of
an Israeli missile when these die-hard teenagers creep
out into the orange groves and sand dunes to launch
militants know that after they fire off their homemade
rockets, they have only a few seconds to sprint away
before a guided Israeli missile comes flaming in.
Islamic Jihad admits to losing over 70 men this way last
year. And yet they persist. In
Jihad's activities are now under intense scrutiny, not
only by the Israelis but also by fellow militants Hamas,
who assumed power in the Gaza Strip after a short but
brutal fight with Fatah, a movement linked to
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
now, Hamas is trying to avoid provoking Israel into
attacking the Gaza Strip. Instead, say Hamas officials,
they are trying to restore order and calm after what one
human rights activist described as the "organized,
orchestrated chaos" that reigned during the power
struggle between Fatah and Hamas. And to gain a
breather, Hamas leaders say they are willing to observe
a truce with
commander named Abu Ahmad agreed on Thursday to meet a
TIME correspondent and two other journalists in an empty
office borrowed by Islamic Jihad in downtown Gaza. Abu
Ahmad appeared in the doorway in a black vest and
matching black jeans like a gunslinger. In his thirties,
Abu Ahmad is far older than the teenagers he dispatches
he cease attacks on Israel at Hamas' request?
"Hamas would never ask us that," he retorted.
"It's not possible for a resistance movement like
Hamas to ask us to stop shooting." His grim
prediction is that a "new era of struggle"
the fighting last week in Gaza between Hamas and Fatah
gunmen, he said that Islamic Jihad had refrained from
firing rockets at Israel. "We decided to stop
launching rockets until we could see what
developed," he explained. His organization's
penchant for brave but foolhardy attacks has made it
immune to realpolitik, and it may take some persuading
by Hamas to convince Islamic Jihad to hold off its
Islamic Jihad has jumped back into the fray. With Hamas'
the commander's hard line, others in Islamic Jihad may
be more flexible. A Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zohri,
West Bank may be the next battleground between the
Palestinian militants and Israel. The
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