Wednesday, November 21, 2012
This morning, a bus was bombed in Tel Aviv on Shaul Hamelech Street ( King Solomon Street) in the heart of the city's downtown.
28 people were reported injured, with four of them suffering what are described as moderate injuries. 'Moderate' in this context can mean anything from severe cuts and abrasions to the loss of an eye or limb.
This is the first time Tel Aviv has been hit with a terror bombing since April 2006, when a Palestinian homicide bomber murdered 11 people at a felafel stand near the old central bus station.
That was the attack where Daniel Wultz, American citizen was mortally wounded and later died for the crime of picking the wrong felafel restaurant to eat at at the wrong time (Z"l). He was just 16 years old.
This device was not a homicide bombing, but a bomb apparently placed under a seat by someone who rode the bus and then exited. I would also say that since Israel's defensive barrier has made it almost impossible for an Arab from Judea and Samaria to cross over and blow up Jews, and since the device itself, while no joke lacked the heavy duty firepower of the sort of bus bombs Hamas and the PA's al-Aksa used to detonate, the perpetrator was likely an Arab living in Israel.
The clip above is from Hamas TV. It was celebration time there.
AFter today's attack in Tel Aviv, I'd be very surprised if there was a ceasefire or truce without an Israeli ground operation to go into Gaza. The vast majority of Israelis are tired of this scenario repeating itself every few years and want Hamas dealt with once and for all.
Hillary Clinton is in the Middle East, flying between Cairo and Jerusalem to try and broker that ceasefire. If it happens, you will know that the Israelis were subjected to extreme pressure by the Obama Administration.