INTERVIEW WITH A FANATIC

Four days after the Beit Lid bombing, Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shkaki spoke with Time correspondent Lara Marlowe in Damascus, giving a chilling picture of how he says the attack was planned. Though he disclaimed direct responsibility, he was obviously pleased, grinning and laughing throughout the interview. Born in the Gaza Strip, Shkaki, 44, joined the Muslim Brotherhood, a conservative Islamist group, while studying medicine in Egypt in the '70s. He returned to the Gaza Strip in 1981 and founded Islamic Jihad. Shkaki's movement set itself apart from other groups with similar names by staging suicide attacks in Israel and the...

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