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Friday, March 07, 2008

Hamas admits responsibility for last night's terror attack in Jerusalem

As the family of the dead terrorist (may his memory be blotted out) puts up green Hamas flags around the site of its razed home, Hamas has admitted that it was responsible for last night's terror attack.
Hamas Islamists who control the Gaza Strip claimed responsibility on Friday for the shooting of eight students in a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem, the most lethal Palestinian attack in Israel in two years.


"The Hamas movement announces its full responsibility for the Jerusalem operation," a Hamas official told Reuters in Gaza. "The movement will release the details at a later stage."

He spoke on condition of anonymity and the group released no official statement. Israeli officials had no immediate comment.


Hamas flags and banners of other Islamist groups flew at the home of the gunman, identified by neighbors as Ala Abu Dhaim, in his early 20s, after what proved to be a suicide mission.

Israel's Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter was quoted on Army Radio as saying hostile Arabs should be moved from Jerusalem to the West Bank. [I can't wait to see if his own party denounces him as a 'racist.' CiJ]


The gunman Abu Dhaim lived in Jerusalem, which is under full Israeli control. Arab residents have open access to Jewish parts of the city and the rest of Israel.

"If Israel really wants to solve all these problems, Israel must look to the negotiations," said Abbas aide Nabil Amr. ['Negotiations' with whom? Abu Mazen, whose troops cowered away from Hamas in fear last June? 'Negotiations' imply that both sides give something to get something. The 'Palestinians' have never shown any willingness to give anything or to abide by their agreements. CiJ]
A couple of observations. First, I hope that this will finally mean a green light for the IDF to go after Hamas' leadership. Second, I hope this will make at least some people see that the 'security fence' is not an answer to all of our problems with the Arabs. In fact, as this attack took place yesterday, I was having lunch with my colleague here in Boston and I was just telling him how the 'security fence' would not be effective were the IDF not present in Judea and Samaria.


Hamas is now backing off 'officially' taking responsibility for yesterday's attack.
On Friday, several news agencies reported that anonymous Hamas officials had claimed responsibility for the attack, but Fawzi Barhoum, the senior Hamas spokesman, said there was no official claim of responsibility and that such a claim, if it came, would have to come in a statement from the military wing of Hamas On Thursday, Hamas did not take responsibility for the yeshiva attack but praised it. In a text message then, Hamas said: “We bless the operation. It will not be the last.”
In other words, they did it, but they're not ready to face the consequences yet.


At 7:29 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - the Arabs make the mistake they can push the Jews too hard and get away with it. Ultimately, there's a line beyond which Jewish forbearance disappears as it did after the Passover Massacre in Herzlyia in 2002, where 35 Jews were murdered. The IDF subsequently launched Operation David Shield, which shattered the Fatah infrastructure in Judea and Samaria. Hamas is torn: it thinks Israel is weak and would like to claim credit for killing Jews but on the other hand they're afraid of what happened to Fatah could end up happening to them. Israel leaders may be feckless and lacking in manhood but average Jews in Israel are quite prepared to fight and die for their country.

In the wake of yesterday's terrible atrocity, Israel is still a country that has more Yitzhak Dadons than Ehud Olmerts.


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