Thursday, December 27, 2007

Between the Lines: Why Was Qurei's Bodyguard Fleeing?

This article from the Jerusalem Post leaves some fairly obvious open questions.

On the one hand, we get the standard complaints from Palestinian Arabs about anything Israel gets, with one of their officials railing that Israel has proven it doesn't want stability in the disputed territories.

On the other hand, the stability the Palestinian Authority seems to want is the law of the terrorists.

It is difficult to believe the IDF would try to arrest a bodyguard of a former Palestinian Authority prime minister without good reason; thus it's reasonable to infer Moutasom al-Mahadi was involved in nefarious (read: terrorist) activities.

Even if Qurei was previously unaware of those activities, the attempt to arrest al-Mahadi as well as his escape attempt should have clued him in.

The logical inference is that yet another so-called moderate, in this instance Ahmed Qurei, continues to quietly (and, in this case, not-so-quietly) support terrorism.

IDF kills Fatah bodyguard in Ramallah

IDF troops killed one of former PA prime minister Ahmed Qurei's bodyguards, Palestinian sources said early Friday.

On Thursday, Qurei, head of the Palestinian negotiation team, participated in talks held in Jerusalem in which Olmert and Abbas met for their first meeting since last month's Annapolis conference.

Palestinian sources reported that IDF troops operating south of Ramallah in the town of Bituniya shot and killed Moutasam al-Mahadi, a Fatah operative and a Presidential Guard member. Eye witnesses said al-Mahadi was shot while trying to escape IDF troops who came to his house in order to arrest him.

A Palestinian official strongly condemned the killing, saying Israel "proved once again that it does not want stability in the West Bank."

The incident is the first case in several months of a Fatah operative being killed by IDF troops.

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