Saturday, February 26, 2005

Everybody did it

From the Israelinsider (my emphasis in bold):

"Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz blamed Syria on Saturday for a suicide bombing that killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv, and also froze plans to hand over security responsibilities in the West Bank to the Palestinians.

Abbas angrily accused a 'third party' of orchestrating the suicide bombing to sabotage the Mideast peace process, and his security officials directly said the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah was involved.

In Beirut, however, Hezbollah denied the accusations, and Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian militant group, claimed responsibility from Lebanon, reversing initial denials by its members in the Palestinian territories."

Confused yet? Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades both emphatically denied involvement on Friday night. Is the newest theory that the Syrians are trying to destroy the state of Israel one disco-er at a time? One of the many other stories, ascribed to a "senior Palestinian security official", was that the suicide bomber was hired by Hezbollah. Hired? I hear there's good money in a career as a suicide bomber. Of course, it really doesn't matter who did it, as the Israeli solution is always the same (back to the Israelinsider; my emphasis in bold):

"Israeli security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the truce no longer applied to Islamic Jihad militants in the Palestinian territories, and said they may resume assassinations of the group's leaders.

A resumption of Israel's targeted killings of wanted militants, which Israel recently agreed to halt, would likely mean the end of the cease-fire.

Further straining the cease-fire, Mofaz ordered a freeze in plans to withdraw troops from five West Bank towns and hand over security responsibilities to the Palestinians. The handover is among the most significant gestures by Israel in the wake of the cease-fire."

The only people who benefited from this bombing are extreme right-wingers in Israel who don't want any concessions made to advance the peace process.