Using a suicide bomber, Islamic Jihad scored today a significant goal against both Hamas and Fateh. While Hamas and Fateh's fighting killed six Palestinians today, Islamic Jihad's operation killed three Israelis and one Palestinian. It was only a matter of time before the smaller group capitalized on the fighting between its two main rivals. A new comer, a splinter group of Al Aqsa Brigades called "The Army of Believers," was allowed to participate in this particular attack, which is used to chastise both Fateh and Hamas and to win in the process some new supporters at a time the Palestinians are disgusted with both major groups.
In a pathetic gesture of mimicry of the way Israel, the US (and later Hizballah and the Iraq government) name their military operations, this suicide attack is given a name: "3amaleyyatThawaban al Jaleed al esteshhadeyeh" (the Ice Melting Martyrdom operation). Too grand a name in my opinion. A more realistic one would have been the "Croissant or bagel martyrdom operation" since the explosion happened in a bakery.
Many are tripping over themselves with the knee jerk reaction defending the suicide attack as "a natural response" (there's nothing "natural" about this) and asserting Palestinians' right to "resistance" (who the hell are they speaking to? Oh, each other, of course!) I was disappointed to see that among those who did that is Mustafa al Barghouti, who used to be more critical of suicide attacks. But I guess since he turned into a professional politician with an eye on the Chair he has to talk the talk and walk the walk. Too bad.
Resuming suicide attacks on Israeli civilians will not solve our problems. For after all one of these problems has been our redefining of "Resistance" to mean suicide bombings (a very nice present we handed to Israel) and the use of suicide bombings as a legitimizing tactic by any group or bastard that claims one regardless of the disasters they are bringing on our heads.
To me suicide bombings are reminders of how weak real, effective, grass root Palestinian resistance is: they simultaneously obscure that resistance and weaken it. Suicide bombings are a reminder of how weak the Palestinians are and how weak they will continue to be if they don't resist this "resistance."