Israeli Arab Terrorists Threaten 'Unprecedented Attacks'
(IsraelNN.com) An Israeli Arab terrorist group calling itself the "Galilee Liberation Brigades" (GLB) claimed responsibility for the deadly bulldozer attack in Jerusalem last week. In an interview with a London-based Arabic daily this weekend, a purported leader of the group claimed that GLB committed several other terrorist murders, he threatened more attacks to come and added that they are holding a female IDF soldier hostage.
In an interview conducted by way of third-party email, a journalist for the London-based Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi posed a series of questions to someone claiming to be the commander of the GLB. In his replies, the unidentified terrorist claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and murders of IDF soldier Oleg Shaichat in July 2003 and of Michael Ronkin in August 2007, as well as for the shooting attack that killed eight students in the MerKaz Harav Yeshiva in March of this year. Also in 2007, the group claimed that a man who was shot dead while carrying out an attack in Jerusalem's Old City was the perpetrator of the Ronkin murder as well.
In the interview, appearing in the Al-Quds Al-Arabi weekend edition, the GLB spokesperson hinted that they are holding Dana Bennet, 17, who was reported missing in August 2003. The group made a similar announcement in 2005. Asked why Israel has thus far refused to acknowledge the GLB's claims that they are holding a hostage, the spokesperson said, "Because it is causing considerable embarrassment to them."
The GLB's ransom demands, according to the Al-Quds Al-Arabi interview, include the release of six Israeli Arabs imprisoned on terrorist-related offenses. Afterwards, the GLB leader said, they would release a video tape "showing a female soldier talking to the people and Government of Zionism." Following that, they would negotiate the release of a larger number of imprisoned Arabs in exchange for the release of the Israeli Jew.
The Objective: 'To Sow Terror'
The objective of GLB, according to the spokesperson, is "to sow terror in the hearts of Zionists" and to "pursue the enemy wherever he is to be found." Claiming the group was founded in 2002, the terrorist said it had established links with the Lebanese Hizbullah, but no coordination with terrorist factions in the Palestinian Authority. %ad%
In light of these links, the interviewer asked if GLB is planning to avenge the killing of Hizbullah leader Imad Mughniyah, which the Lebanese terror organization blamed on Israel. The GLB spokesperson replied that coming attacks will be "unlike anything the Zionists have ever seen before." They will strike the heart of the Zionist enemy and "will surprise not just the Zionists, but the whole region."
GLB operatives, the spokesperson wrote, are deployed "throughout Palestine" and "recruited from all its regions." The Arabs living in the State of Israel since 1948, the GLB spokesperson said, should reject all political solutions to obtain their rights, should not serve in the Knesset and should struggle for the "liberation of Palestine."