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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gaza is coming to you

Don't want to visit Gaza? Fear not. Soon, says terrorism expert Matt Levitt, Gaza may be coming to you.
Groups such as Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade weave Palestinian nationalism and radical Islamism together but limit their operations to the Israeli-Palestinian front. Now, under the influence of more worldly jihadists, some Palestinian fighters are signing up for groups inspired by al Qaeda, fighting not for Palestine but for the whole Muslim umma.

Al Qaeda-inspired jihadist groups in Gaza have maintained a local operational focus on Israel and Gaza, but have tied their attacks to global issues like the Danish cartoon crisis or the incarceration of a jihadist ideologue in Britain. The fear among U.S. and Israeli intelligence is that such a "glocal" ideology is serving as a bridge between Palestinian nationalism and al Qaeda's global jihadist ideology. The former theoretically allows for a two-state solution; the latter requires adherents to wage violent jihad against all infidels and apostates until the creation of an Islamic state.

Hamas in Gaza -- by engaging in secular politics, failing to institute sharia law, and cracking down on fellow Palestinians who attack Israel or threaten its rule -- has created a vacuum that global jihadist groups, often populated by disgruntled Hamas operatives, have been keen to fill. Even so, membership in Gaza's global jihadist groups is estimated to be in the low hundreds. But while their capabilities are limited, they think big. In July 2008, Israeli intelligence successfully thwarted a plot against former British Prime Minister Tony Blair by one such group.
What could go wrong?


At 11:40 PM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

His Highness Husain Barak Soetoro aka. Obama will release most Gitmo terrorists then.

At 1:22 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I think it's going completely the wrong way ,talking to the taliban ,giving them 500 Million $ it's just insane .
It's the crusades all over and paying ransom to have save passage?
Off course they will expand their activities since they are winning and getting paid for it!
Anyway here's a clip good for a laugh:


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