Saturday, July 28, 2007
"Bethlehem – Ma'an – A prominent leader of Islamic Jihad, Mohammad Al Hindi, said on Saturday that the movement has been coordinating with Hamas, since their takeover of the Gaza Strip, to address some previously filed issues.
Al Hindi said that it is imperative that the movements work together due to the "reality of Israeli agents and the Israeli occupation".
Islamic Jihad does not have any administrative or security responsibilities in Gaza, in participation with Hamas, or in the West Bank, as Al Hindi says, "Islamic Jihad refuses to be involved with any government project."......
In an interview with Al Arabiya, Al Hindi said that Islamic Jihad is, and will remain, a resistance movement. He rejected President Abbas' appeal for the dissolution of the military groups in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Al Hindi said that the resistance fighters have a role to play in combating the occupation......
Haaretz recently reported that Hamas had prevented members of Islamic Jihad firing projectiles into Israel. Al Hindi denied the reports and said that Hamas has never demanded the cessation of Islamic Jihad's "resistance" activity.
Regarding US President Bush's call for an international peace conference, Al Hindi said "Bush has almost completed his term in the White House, he did not move the peace process forward before, so what can he do now? He is currently embroiled in his war on Iraq, which is more important to him, I doubt Bush has the intention or the time to do anything." "