Zarqawi and Israel: Is There a New Jihadi Threat Destabilizing the Eastern Front?
December 15, 2005 | Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi, Amb. Dore Gold
For the first time, Israeli defense experts are noting that groups identifying with al-Qaeda - or the global jihad - are determined to acquire operational footholds close to Israel's borders. The most dramatic sign was the November 9, 2005, suicide bombing of three Jordanian hotels in Amman by "al-Qaeda Mesopotamia" - the organization led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.