Monday, April 17, 2006

Hamas: Suicide attack in Israel "legitimate"

Those of you who were optimistic about Hamas being elected recently: Do you still feel that way? From the AP:
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside a fast-food restaurant in a bustling area of Tel Aviv during the Passover holiday Monday, killing nine other people and wounding dozens in the deadliest Palestinian attack in more than a year.

The new Palestinian government, led by Hamas, called the attack a legitimate response to Israeli "aggression." Israel said it held Hamas ultimately responsible — even though a different militant group, Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility — and would respond "as necessary."
It wasn't at a military recruitment center or police station or anywhere else where they could try to point to Israeli soldiers or cops as their targets. No, this time they just decided to abandon false pretenses and blow up a restaurant and such vile patrons as this:
Witness Israel Yaakov said the blast killed a woman standing near her husband and children.

"The father was traumatized. He went into shock. He ran to the children to gather them up and the children were screaming, 'Mom! Mom!' and she wasn't answering. She was dead already ... It's a shocking scene," Yaakov said.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad are one and the same, and both must be dealt with in the same way....and it ain't with a group hug and free falafel!