That a bodyguard of the PA’s senior negotiator Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala) was a terrorist is no great surprise. And it’s also no surprise that a Fatah security team, assigned during meetings with Mahmoud Abbas in August, to protect Ehud Olmert, “whose members he [Olmert] armed, pardoned and funded,” plotted, but were foiled in an attempted attack on the Israeli Prime Minister.
But this blog joins Barak of IRIS in expressing total consternation that the Bush entourage and security team would sanction coordination with with Al Aksa Brigades terrorists, in the guise of security, is shocking and apalling. Why, the attempted assassins of Olmert who got off with two months in PA jail may well be part of Bush’s security detail. One therefore must express all due trepidation for the President’s security during his upcoming trip here. MB
Terrorists’ New Mission: Protect President Bush, by Aaron Klein (WorldNetDaily.com)
“Most active West Bank militant group in security team for Middle East visit”
Members of the most active West Bank terror organization are set to participate in security forces being deployed to protect President Bush during his visit to the Palestinian territories next month, WND has learned.
Bush is due in the region Jan. 9 as part of a follow-up to last month’s U.S.-led Israeli-Palestinian Annapolis summit.
During his trip, the American president is scheduled to hold talks with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem, and meet quickly with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
According to Israeli security officials coordinating deployments of forces with the PA for Bush’s Ramallah visit, members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah’s declared military wing, have been called upon by the PA to participate in the protection of Bush’s convoy and in securing the perimeter during the meeting with Abbas.
The Brigades is listed as a terror organization by the U.S. State Department. The group took credit along with the Islamic Jihad terror organization for every suicide bombing in Israel between 2005 and 2006, and is responsible for thousands of shootings and rocket firings. Statistically, the Al Aqsa Brigades perpetuated more terrorism from the West Bank than Hamas, according to the Israeli Defense Forces.
Hat tip to Barak of IRIS.