Terrorism's New Backers

Terrorist attacks in Israel are increasingly funded by two radical Islamic groups that have long been at odds with Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction: Hamas and Islamic Jihad. They began financial support for Fatah gunmen and suicide bombers about six months ago, but according to senior Palestinian security sources, the money has recently begun flowing more freely. This is not just bad news for Israel's security services, already facing a constant deluge of alerts and attacks. It is also a blow to Arafat's Palestinian Authority, which particularly fears losing influence over the gunmen to Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad. It was that group that...

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