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Abu al-Ata was no rebel, Islamic Jihad leader says

In his al-Meyadeen interview, Islamic Jihad leader Ziad al-Nakhala disputes Israel’s portrayal of slain commander Baha Abu al-Ata as a maverick wildcard who refused to take orders and shot missiles at Israel to stir things up of his own volition.

In this photo taken on October 21, 2016, Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror leader Baha Abu al-Ata attends a rally in Gaza City. (STR/AFP)

“He was a disciplined and brave commander and very much a fighter in the field … Israel is trying to give the impression that the fighters have no leadership or discipline and that they act in the field as they want … But, I affirm once again that no rocket or bullet is fired without the permission of Islamic Jihad’s leadership and the Al-Quds Brigades’ general leadership.”

— Adam Rasgon

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