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Islamic Jihad leader: negotiations gain 'nothing'

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Abdullah Shalah said, “Our performance from one war to another is getting better. If in 2012 we hit Tel Aviv, I think the enemy can imagine what can be beyond Tel Aviv.”
Ramadan Shallah, head of the militant Islamic Jihad group, delivers a speech during a rally to mark the 23nd anniversary of the group's founding held at a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus November 5, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS) - RTXU9IG

TEHRAN, Iran — Amid the sprawl of the Iranian capital, I met one of the most wanted men in the world, a man with a $5 million bounty on his head — Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Abdullah Shalah.

As we met, Shalah's organization was reviving a cease-fire with Israel, thanks to Egyptian mediation, less than 24 hours after the most recent storms of war struck the Gaza Strip. Tensions erupted March 11 when an Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinians in the southern city of Khan Yunis. Islamic Jihad and other armed Palestinian factions retaliated by launching 130 rockets across the border in the most intense confrontation since the November 2012 war, which also ended with an Egypt-brokered truce.

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