ISLAMIC RESISTANCE MOVEMENT
PALESTINE LIBERATION ARMY (PLA) was established as the official military branch of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964.
Arafat was elected president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) with an overwhelming 88.2 % majority. Arafat accepted the UN Security Council Resolution 242, promised future recognition of Israel and renounced “terrorism” in all its forms, including state terrorism. (SEE TAQIYYA BELOW)
Arafat statement was encouraged by the US administration, which insisted on recognition of Israel as a necessary starting point in the Camp David peace negotiations.
Arafat statement indicated a shift from one PLO primary aims (the destruction of Israel) towards the establishment of two separate entities, an Israeli State within the 1949 armistice lines and a Palestinian State in the West bank and Gaza Strip. Barak offered Arafat a Palestinian State in parts of the West Bank and all of the Gaza Strip with an outlying suburb of Jerusalem as its capital.
Yet, Arafat was influenced by the rise of HAMAS and the Palestinian Jihad organizations, which were employing new tactics such as “martyrdom operations” (also known as suicide bombing). Israel was hit with opposition from grass roots Palestinians who unable to do anything so they reverted to suicide bombing.
As is, HAMAS stands accused of using schools and hospitals to hide weapons, effectively using civilians as human shields. This is a war crime, but so is bombing targets in the knowledge that civilians will be killed. Consequently, every step that the Israelis take to try to eliminate the rockets and the militants that plague them bears a cost.
And herein lies the ultimate logic of Israeli strategy. In their use of force they are sending the message not only to HAMAS but also to international mediators that left to their own devices they will continue to use force until the rockets stop.
Muslims are allowed by taqiyya to lie about their religious beliefs when this will support the advancement of Islam. Nonie Darwish, in The Devil We Don’t Know, describes how Islamic Sharia law incorporates taqiyya: “Sharia itself allows lies not only with infidels, but also to solve disputes among Muslims and in the wife/husband relationship, thereby covering practically all relationships. The individual Muslim is taught that protection of Islam is a sacred communal obligation that is more important than family, life, or happiness.” So who are we to believe? Sharia law itself allows lies with infidels. Continue reading PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE 2