“Our ideology, through the way we understand Islam, is that our struggle will only end with the end of the State of Israel. For us it is an existential struggle, it is either us or them,” said Abu Ahmad, an Islamic Jihad leader. Stark, uncompromising, and with the utter clarity of the fundamentalist, this was the Islamic Jihad worldview spelled out to The Times in Gaza just days before Monday’s bombing. Islamic Jihad claims that by continuing attacks it has recruited dozens of disillusioned hardliners from Hamas’ military wing.
Keyword(s): Islamic jihad