Sorry about the delay. I was offline and listening to a cd instead of the radio.
By now you have probably heard about the attack in Tel Aviv, at a small restaurant outside the old Bus Station. This is the second time this restaurant was hit – there were no fatalities the first time. Today, however, 9 were killed, about 15 injured hard and another 45 injured lightly.
The bomber? Now we’re told he’s a 21 year old (although he looks a tad younger which may have helped him get through checkpoints).
Who took responsibility? As is their custom, the Palestinians had two groups accept responsibility, thus confusing the issue for the media and slowing down Israeli reaction somewhat. Today’s lucky groups were Fatah’s Al Aqsa Brigades and, of course, Islamic Jihad. Somebody should chime in right now and tell us all that we don’t understand the meaning of jihad.
Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, as is his custom, but of course he did not address the fact that he is the titular head of the Al Aqsa Brigades. Hamas, the democratically elected terror group leading the Palestinian people who voted them into power, did not condemn the attack because they are more honest than Abbas.
They proclaimed that it was done in “self-defense.” That’s right, their cult of death that teaches and promotes having people and even kids go off to kill themselves and as many Jewish Israelis as possible, claims that it does so in “self-defense.”
The Israelis have been anticipating an attack because they have stopped a number in recent weeks and have noted that terror activity is up. Forces were stationed around the country and while they had some success, one got through. I guess sending teenagers to go off and kill themselves and others can be effective. But let’s be clear that whereas before, the international community allowed the ruse the Palestinians were playing wherein they would attack and fight a war on the one hand while claiming to be pursuing peace, now Hamas has eliminated any pretense.
This is a war. They want this war and they will continue with it for as long as they can. Unlike in the past when Israel had some difficulty convincing the international community that the Palestinian leadership was the address to approach regarding these attacks, now it is clear as day that they are the address.
(photos from the BBC but now available at NYtimes.com)