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Jerusalem Bombing: a Predictable Tragedy

As I scan headlines about today's bus bombing in Jerusalem, I can't help but think this is all so predictable and so heartbreaking.

Hamas, worried about the popular discontent sweeping the Arab world and rising calls for rapprochement with Fatah, has for days been cranking up rocket and mortar attacks, apparently in the hope it would prod Israel to respond militarily.

Now, a bus bombing in central Jerusalem has hinted of the possibility of another all-out terror campaign against Israeli civilians.

Bomb Explodes in Jerusalem, Rocket Attacks in South

03/22/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- At least 24 people were injured when a bomb exploded in central Jerusalem.

Two of the injuries in the attack, which took place shortly before 3 p.m., were considered critical, according to news reports citing Magen David Adom, Israel's version of the Red Cross. No deaths have been reported. One of the injured went straight to surgery at Hadassah Hospital; five others are reported in moderate condition.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following the attack that he would delay a planned trip to Moscow.

Can Hamas and PA Bury The Hatchet?

Despite moves toward unity, extremists seen unlikely to give Abbas power in Gaza.
03/21/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For a moment last week in the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians became heady with visions of unity.

After thousands of youths turned out in the squares of the Palestinian territories draped in flags and raising posters calling for an end to the feud between the two main political factions, President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas seemed headed for a détente consecrated at a Gaza Strip summit.

“God has answered my prayers,” said Palestinian oil and gas tycoon Munib Masri, a member of the Palestine Legislative Council.

Palestinian youth demonstrators calling for unity at Manara Square in Ramallah last week.

Netanyahu Says He ‘Regrets’ Hitting Palestinian Civilians

03/21/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he regretted the accidental killing of four members of a Palestinian family in their Gaza home by Israeli tank fire.

Netanyahu in a statement Tuesday from the Prime Minister's Office emphasized that the shooting was in response to fire by Hamas at Israeli citizens.

Israel Strikes Gaza, Retaliating for Rocket Barrage

03/20/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Israeli combat planes pounded the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the worst barrage of rocket attacks on southern Israel in two years.

The French news agency AFP and Israel Radio reported repeated strikes on the strip late Monday night.

Israel Radio said that there were reports from Palestinian sources of 17 wounded. The army was not responding to the reports, the radio said.

Israel Files U.N. Complaint Over Gaza Mortar Barrage

03/19/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's foreign minister ordered the country's delegation to the United Nations to file a formal complaint after over 50 mortars struck southern Israel in one morning.

More than 50 mortars were fired from Gaza into Israel on Saturday morning. Two Israelis were injured by shrapnel and homes and buildings sustained damage, according to reports. Hamas' armed wing Izzadin Kassam Brigades claimed responsibility for 10 of the explosives.

Palestinians Rally for Fatah - Hamas Unity

03/14/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Thousands of Palestinians rallied for unity in Ramallah and Gaza City.

The rallies on Tuesday were organized on Facebook by young Palestinian activists who are calling for an end to the division between Fatah, which governs the West Bank, and Hamas, which ousted Fatah and took over Gaza in 2007.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians reportedly gathered in Gaza City's Square of the Unknown Soldier. Rallies in Gaza City reportedly began on Monday out of fear the Tuesday rallies would be quashed by Hamas.

Israel Seizes Ship Carrying Weapons for Gaza

03/14/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Navy intercepted a ship bound for Egypt that the Israeli military said was smuggling weapons for use by terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

The Liberia-flagged cargo ship Victoria was seized Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea 200 miles west of Israel.

"The various weaponry on board the vessel was intended for the use of terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip," the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Israel seizes ship carrying weapons for Gaza

03/14/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Navy intercepted a ship bound for Egypt that the military says was smuggling weapons for use by terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

The Liberian-flagged cargo ship "Victoria" was seized on Tuesday, in the Mediterranean Sea 200 miles west of Israel.

"The various weaponry on-board the vessel was intended for the use of terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip," the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement

Hamas To Block U.N. Holocaust Lessons In Gaza

02/28/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) — Hamas said it will stop the United Nations from teaching Palestinian children in Gaza about the Holocaust as part of a human rights curriculum run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, The Guardian reported.

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