Reactions on the latest suicide bombing in Tel Aviv
A Palestinian terrorist has blown himself up on a Tel Aviv market this afternoon. So far, it seems that 15 persons have been wounded. Of course, this means that 15 more persons and their relatives are going to be traumatized for the rest of their lives. No press agency tells you this. Its' interesting though to see the official reactions:
Javier Solana (that's the guy dealing with foreign policy issues in the EU):
Solana said the attack occurred at a moment of great importance "for the future of Palestine, because of elections." He appealed "to everybody to forget terrorist acts and to give political life a chance. Elections are the only way civilized countries can express themselves."What Palestine? The one on UN maps? As far as I know there is no "Palestine". And Javier, please, "forgetting" about terror has always been a trademark of the Europeans and leftist antisemites all over the world. Don't ask the victims to do so as well.
David Baker, Israeli governement spokesman:
"The Tel Aviv bombing is another example of the utter refusal of the Palestinian Authority to take any steps to prevent terror against Israel. The Palestinian Authority remains apathetic to preventing this terror."Israel has been claiming this for years now, nobody ever really listened to them. Solana certainly won't.
Saeb "There was a massacre" Erekat, chief negotiator of the PA:
"We condemn this attack," he said. "This is an attack to sabotage the Palestinian elections and sabotage the efforts being exerted to revive the peace process after the elections."Empty words, us usual. What "Peace process"? Arafat terminated it five and a half years ago. Erekat however forgot his usual addendum, that this "was harming Palestinian interests". No word of course that it simply is a crime to slaughter civilians since the PA does not consider it to be one. It's "legitimate resistance against occupation and oppression".
Cynical business as usual.
UPDATE I (19.01.2006, 17:55): Israellycool has the updates.
UPDATE II (19.01.2006, 19:25): For German speaking readers, here's Lila's appreciation. She's a German speaking woman in Israel and is living close to Tel Aviv.
UPDATE III (19.01.2006, 20:15): Vital Perspective has more on this. It seems that the bomber blew himself up in the restaurant's bathroom and that he may have been trying to prepare the explosive device when it went off prematurely. What a dishonorable departure to become a "martyr" in a public toilet...!