Rice Says Abbas and Fayyad 'Not Associated with Terror'
(IsraelNN.com) American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the Washington Times that Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad are "not associated with terror." The newspaper, a strong supporter of Israel, interviewed her but did not question her statement. The Fatah-aligned Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades often takes responsibility for terrorist attacks against Israel, several PA security officers have been charged with trying to kill Israelis and official PA media regularly publish incitement to kill Jews as well as American political leaders.
Secretary Rice told the newspaper that the PA leadership is "clean" and "gives reason for Israel to see that it has a partner."
Monday's Attempted Terror Attack Masked Kidnap Attempt
(IsraelNN.com) Monday's attempted terrorist attack on a teenager and an Israeli adult was more than it appeared; according to a report by WorldNet Daily reporter Aaron Klein, it was meant to be a kidnapping.
Senior leaders of the Al Aksa Martyr's Brigade's terrorist group, part of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah organization, told Klein the attacker, a PA resident of Hevron, was a member of their group. They said the foiled attack was not an attempted stabbing, but actually a planned kidnapping operation. A getaway car was waiting nearby.
Although US policy considers Fatah to be moderate, the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades is declared by the US State Department as a terrorist organization.