House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit today to Syria – in which she called for dialogue with Damascus – was "brave" and "very appreciated" and could bring about "important changes" to America's foreign policy, including talks with "Middle East resistance groups," according to members of terror organizations here whose top leaders live in Syria.And in case Pelosi doesn't know what the Islamic Jihad does, here's a reminder.
One terror leader, Khaled Al-Batch, a militant and spokesman for Islamic Jihad, expressed hope Pelosi would continue winning elections, explaining the House speaker's Damascus visit demonstrated she understands the Middle East.
"Nancy Pelosi understands the area (Middle East) well, more than Bush and Dr. (Condoleeza) Rice," said Al-Batch, speaking to WND from Gaza. "If the Democrats want to make negotiations with Syria, Hamas, and Hezbollah, this means the Democratic Party understands well what happens in this area and I think Pelosi will succeed. ... I hope she wins the next elections."
Islamic Jihad has carried out scores of shootings and rocket attacks, and, together with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, has taken responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel the past two years.Most recently, they have been stopped from planting explosives along the Israeli border fence.
Ramadan Shallah, overall chief of Islamic Jihad, lives in Syria, as does Hamas chieftain Khaled Meshaal. Israel has accused the Syrian-based Hamas and Islamic Jihad leadership of ordering militants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to carry out terror attacks.
"The shahid is one of our men who fell during a gunbattle with the occupation forces east of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza," proclaimed a flier distributed by the Islamic Jihad on Wednesday evening following the death of 24-year-old Ramzi Al-Zaanin earlier in the day.This is the group that endorses Nancy Pelosi. And perhaps, while she's pondering her latest political supporter, she might pause to wonder why the leader of this group is given a home in Syria and whether that casts any doubt on her beliefs that Syria can be an actor for peace in the Middle East.
In the flier the group took responsibility for the attempt to plant an explosive device along the Israeli border fence as well as the detonation of two explosive devices against IDF forces in the region.
Earlier Wednesday an IDF observation post alerted forces to the presence of three Palestinian gunmen attempting to plant a bomb near the fence north of the Karni goods crossing, a frequent target for Palestinian terror groups