Zakariya Zubeidi, a former commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade in Jenin, tells Haaretz some hard truths about armed resistance:
We failed entirely in the intifada. We haven’t seen any benefit or positive result from it. We achieved nothing. It’s a crushing failure. We failed at the political level – we didn’t succeed in translating the military actions into political achievements. The current leadership does not want armed actions, and since the death of Abu Amar [Yasser Arafat], there’s no one who is capable of using our actions to bring about such achievements. When Abu Amar died, the armed intifada died with him.”
Zubeidi predicts a war between Fatah and Hamas for control of the West Bank.