Israel Expects More Fatah Suicide Attacks

An offshoot of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party has carried out its first suicide bombing against

Israel since a February 2005 truce, and Israeli security officials say they’re expecting Fatah militants to step up such attacks now that the rival Hamas group has taken power. With Israel’s acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert planning to pull out of much of the West Bank, and the long-ruling Fatah out of power, affiliated Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades militants might want to revive Fatah’s credibility on the Arab street by creating the impression that Israel is retreating under fire. Full Story

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