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An Interview with al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade's Abu Nasser

John Batchelor recently interviewed Abu Nasser, the leader of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade in the Northern West Bank. In it, Nasser paints the picture of the un-masking of Fatah, and the end of taqiyyah, with its loss to Hamas in the Palestinian polls.

"When we were in power, we were obliged to be more sensitive and more obedient to the instructions and policies of our leadership. Now that we lost the elections, why should we obey the leaders and just who do we obey? The Hamas?"

Rocket attacks will continue, he says, even (or especially) when Israel disengages from the West Bank as they did in Gaza.

John Batchelor has graciously made the audio files of the interview conducted by himself and Aaron Klein available in two parts:

There has been much talk lately of many Palestinians who regret their vote for Hamas, that they were only trying to chastize their own Fatah, not thinking Hamas would actually win.

If the Palestinians want their own state, one which can co-exist with Israel without unending bloodshed, they had better figure out a way to form and elect a third party that reflects as much, as it is clear that neither Hamas nor Fatah are either willing or capable of achieving this, in or out of power.