The Israeli security forces detained a terrorist squad of three Fatah operatives, two of whom were members of the Palestinian national security services.

The scene of the attack in which Ido Zoldan was killed

The scene of the attack in which Ido Zoldan was killed


The scene of the attack in which Ido Zoldan was killed
The scene of the attack in which Ido Zoldan was killed

(Photo courtesy of Zaka, November 19, 2007)

1. The Israeli security forces detained the terrorist squad responsible for the drive-by shooting near the village of Funduq southwest of Kedumim on November 19. 1 The attackers killed Ido Zoldan, 29, married and father of two, a resident of Shavei Shomrom. 2Fatah-Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised the attack and said it was a message sent to the participants of the Annapolis meeting to inform them that the Palestinian people adhered to their "rights,” "principles” and the "resistance” (i.e., terrorism).

2. It can now be revealed that the day after the attack the Israeli security forces conducted searches and detained two members of the squad. They admitted to having killed Zoldan, reconstructed details of the attack and turned in the weapons they had used. They said they had waited at the side of the road for a car to pass. Once they had identified Ido Zoldan’s vehicle as Israeli they followed, gained speed, and shot at him as they passed. The third member of the squad was detained on December 2 by the Palestinian security services and confessed to having provided the weapons for the attack.

3. The two terrorist operatives detained by the Israeli security forces were Dhafer Ahmed Omar Barham, a member of the Palestinian national security services in Ramallah , and Abdallah Abd al-Latif Ali Barham. The third terrorist, detained by the Palestinian security services, was Shadi Abd al-Latif Muhammad Jumaa’, a member of the Palestinian national security services in Salfit. All three were Fatah operatives.

4. The national security services , to whose ranks two of the three terrorists belonged, was set up following the Oslo accords as the nucleus for the future Palestinian army. Headed by Omar Dhiab al-Ali (Abu al-Fatah), it is the largest service in Judea and Samaria and has about 12,000 members. It suffers from functional difficulties and deals with routine patrols, manning roadblocks and enforcing law and order; it also confronts the Hamas movement in Judea and Samaria .

5. However, the Palestinian national and other security services are not effective in dismantling the operational terrorist networks as demanded of the Palestinian Authority by the road map. They do not initiate terrorist attacks against Israel as a matter of policy. However, the detention of the terrorist squad may be a sign that among them and among Fatah there are elements, even if they are exceptional, which to do not bow before the authority of Abu Mazen and carry out terrorist attacks against Israel based on their own personal policies and agenda.


1 According to the IDF spokesman, December 2, 2007 .

2 For further information see our date Bulletin entitled "Terrorist attacks and the propaganda campaign to undermine the Annapolis meeting”