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Global Jihad Update

Refer to our primary article in the PrincipleAnalysis section, for the background and overview of the ongoing clash of civilizations. In today's Jewish World Review comes an analysis by Caroline Glick, who breaks down the links between the key terrorist personalities and groups, showing a tapestry of evil that includes Israel, Jordan, Egypt and others who had been on the outside of the Global Jihad.

The face of the enemy has changed. If in the past it was possible to say that the war being waged against Israel was unique and distinct from the global jihad, after the events of the past week, it is no longer possible to credibly make such a claim. Four events that occurred this week — the attacks in the Sinai; the release of Osama bin Laden's audiotape; the release of Abu Musab Zarqawi's videotape; and the arrest of Hamas terrorists by Jordan — all proved clearly that today it is impossible to separate the wars. The new situation has critical consequences for the character of the campaign that the IDF must fight to defend Israel and for the nature of the policies that the incoming government of Israel must adopt and advance.

The unsettling conclusion of Glick's article is the consensus we've reached at Threats Watch - the Islamist cause has united groups that have only one thing in common - hatred. The enemy of my enemy...

While al Qaida today is setting its sights on Israel and its neighbors, the arrests of Hamas terrorists this week in Jordan shows that for their part, the Palestinians are working to advance the global jihad. The Hamas attempt to carry out attacks in Jordan points to a change in Hamas's self-perception. They have gone from being local terrorists to being members of the Islamist axis, which is led by Iran and includes Syria, al Qaida and Hizbullah.

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As the attacks in Egypt, the arrests in Jordan and the bin Laden and Zarqawi messages this week all indicated, we find ourselves today in a world war. The Palestinians are no longer the ones waging the war against us. The Islamist axis now wages the war against us through the Palestinians. The center of gravity, like the campaign rationale of the enemy, has moved away. Today, the decision-makers who determine the character and timing of the terror offensives are not sitting in Gaza and or Judea and Samaria. They are sitting in Tehran, Waziristan, Damascus, Beirut, Amman and Falujah. The considerations that guide those that order the trigger pulled are not local considerations, but regional considerations at best and considerations wholly cut off from local events at worst.

Take a look at the entire article - a lot of names, groups, and undeniable coordination. She makes her case so that the new Israeli government will refine its approach to dealing with terrorism and stop the plan for withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.