A leading Palestinian terrorist commander says the advanced military and intelligence training the United States has been providing for years has been key to the successful use of terrorist violence in the overall Palestinian strategy for wresting control of the Land of Israel from the Jews.
In his new book "Schmoozing with Terrorists," author and WorldNetDaily Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein decries as "scandalous" the fact that "in the midst of America's war on terror, the US is perpetuating terrorism to the point where the most active Palestinian jihad group is carrying out regular attacks, including shootings and bombings, using American-provided weapons, funding and training."
In August the Bush Administration announced the latest round of training it intends to provide to Palestinian Authority security forces loyal to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
The problem, points out Klein, is that a large number of those security officers are also active members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the official "armed wing" of Abbas Fatah movement. The Brigades have claimed responsibility for the lion's share of suicide bombings and shooting attacks emanating from Judea and Samaria (the so-called "West Bank") over the past three years.
Writes Klein: "It took no investigative reporting whatsoever on my part to discover members of US-backed, trained, and armed Fatah militias are also members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group. I simply went around the West Bank and asked Fatah militia members, who walk around with American-provided high-power assault rifles, whether they are also in the Brigades."
One of those policemen/terrorists is Abu Yousuf, a member of Abbas' presidential guard who moonlights as commander of all Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades forces in the area of Ramallah.
Yousuf was open about the positive benefits of quality American military training when facing an enemy as advanced as Israel.
"The trainings we received from the Americans and the Europeans were a great help to the resistance," said the terror boss. "All the methods and techniques that we studied in these trainings, we applied them against the Israelis."
While the US recognizes the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades as a terrorist organization, it has refused to address the group's ties to Abbas' Fatah or the fact that its membership is made up of Palestinian police officers.