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July 13, 2005

Results of G8's $8 billion blood money to Palestinians

From the London Telegraph:

The Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire came under intense pressure last night after the first suicide bombing in four months killed two Israeli women and injured 79 other people in a seaside town.

The 18-year-old Palestinian bomber struck at a busy junction outside a shopping centre in Netanya yards from where an almost identical attack killed five Israelis in 2001.

Ten of the wounded were described as being in a serious condition. Two were critical....

While Israel suffered scores of suicide attacks during the intifada starting in late 2000, yesterday's blast was only the second since the Israeli and Palestinian leadership agreed a ceasefire at a peace summit in February.

Y'know Israel has been really polite in not harping about the fact that 9/11 and the London Bombings are stuff they experience quite frequently, to the apathy of most of the rest of the world.

...meanwhile, shortly after the suicide bombing...

Israeli forces raided the Palestinian town of Tulkarem early Wednesday, killing one police officer who fired on troops hunting down Islamic Jihad militants believed responsible for a suicide bombing, the army and Palestinian security officials said.

A second police officer was critically wounded. Earlier, Palestinian officials said both police officers were killed....

The arrest raid began just hours after Islamic Jihad carried out a suicide bombing in the coastal city of Netanya, killing three Israelis. Islamic Jihad has a strong base in Tulkarem, the army said, and the troops' goal is to root out the militants. Five militants from the group were arrested overnight, [Brig. Gen. Yair] Golan [, commander of the West Bank division] said.

"The specific goal of this operation is to destroy the Palestinian Islamic Jihad infrastructure in Tulkarem and its surroundings," Golan told Israel's Army Radio, adding that the operation would continue for "as long as necessary."

...The army's ability to prevent attacks decreased significantly after the Palestinians took over the area, Golan said.

"We expected the Palestinians would do much more. This didn't happen and it appears that alongside the operation against Islamic Jihad ... this is meant to show that if the Palestinian Authority doesn't deal with the terrorism that lives in it then we will be forced to do so," Golan said.

Coverage: Outside the Beltway, GOP Bloggers (also here), In the Bullpen

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 13, 2005 09:36 AM

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