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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Islamic Jihad leader admits Israel's security fence prevents terror

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
at the Center for Special Studies (C.S.S) November 15 , 2006

Ramadan Shalah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader, publicly admits that
Israel's security fence is an important obstacle to the terrorist
organizations, and that "if it weren't there, the situation would be
entirely different." The PIJ has carried out the greatest number of suicide
bombing attacks during the past few years.

On November 11, PIJ leader Abdallah Ramadan Shalah granted a long interview
to Al-Manar TV, Hezbollah's television channel. During the interview, for
the first time he admitted that Israel 's security fence was an important
obstacle to the terrorist organizations (the "resistance").

He noted that the suicide bombing attacks ( istishhad ) were the Palestinian
people's "strategic choice," and were meant to "create a balance of force
and deterrence" in the campaign against a superior enemy. Ramadan Shalah
noted that the terrorist organizations had every intention of continuing
suicide bombing attacks, but that their timing and the possibility of
implementing them from the West Bank depended on other factors. "For
example," he said, "there is the separation fence, which is an obstacle to
the resistance, and if it were not there the situation would be entirely
different ."

Click here to view the relevant footage from the interview

The last few years have witnessed a constant decrease in the number of
suicide bombing attacks. It results from a number of factors, including the
(partial) construction of the security fence, which hinders attempts made by
the terrorist organizations to infiltrate suicide bombers into Israel ,
although they continue to search for the fence's weak spots. 1

During the past few years the PIJ, supported and encouraged by Syria and
Iran , is the Palestinian terrorist organization which has carried out the
greatest number of suicide bombing attacks. In 2005 (during the so-called
"lull in the fighting") the organization carried out five lethal suicide
bombing attacks within Israel, and two more in 2006. 2

Partially completing the fence and the IDF's successful counterterrorist
activities in Samaria (a focus for the terrorist organization's
infrastructure) indeed hinder (although do not completely prevent) the
carrying out of suicide bombing attacks . Such attacks, as stated by Ramadan
Shalah, are the modus operandi preferred by the PIJ and the senior leaders
of the organization, who have recently expressed their intention to continue
using them to attack Israel .
1 For statistical data and an analysis of the suicide bombing attacks in
2005, see the January 2006 Bulletin, "Palestinian Terrorism in 2005," at

2 The last PIJ suicide bombing attack was carried out at the old Central Bus
Station in Tel Aviv on April 17, 2006. For further information see our
Bulletin entitled "Palestinian Islamic Jihad suicide bombing attack at the
old Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv," at

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