A Suicide Bombing in Eilat
The interesting thing about the recent suicide bombing in Eilat, Israel -- which killed three persons at a bakery -- was that it wasn't aimed at Israel at all, except incidentally. The bombing was actually aimed at other Palestinian factions. The attack on Israel was an attempt to redirect days of continuous internal fighting to where it properly belonged. If properly is the word. Back to killing Jews. The Washington Post reports:
Islamic Jihad and the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed joint responsibility. Both militant groups said they hoped to encourage warring Palestinian factions to end weeks of clashes. "The operation has a clear message to the Palestinian rivals. It is necessary to end the infighting and point the guns toward the occupation that has hurt the Palestinian people," a posting on the Islamic Jihad Web site said.
Despite the statements, fighting between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements continued throughout Gaza. Five people were killed, officials said, raising the death toll to more than 60 since infighting erupted in December.
But Palestinian Jihad raised a valid point when it declared that the real problem was to "point the guns toward the occupation". The only part it has gotten wrong is in the identity of the occupiers. It is the army of thugs who have been coddled, funded and appeased by a timid and politically correct West who are the real occupiers of Muslim lands today. The West spends most of its time breeding snakes and then wonders why people get bitten. Just now, the White House Press Office has sent round an email expressing condolences for the victims at Eilat and squarely blaming the Palestinian Authority for the attack on Israel. True insofar as it goes. But never true enough to keep the funding for the "Palestinian Authority" from being restarted once it runs itself to the ground.
The United State s strongly condemns the terrorist bombing in Eilat today, which resulted in the death of at least three civilians. Our condolences go out to the victims, their families, and the people of Israel. We also condemn those Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas, that condone these barbaric actions.
The burden of responsibility for preventing terrorist attacks rests with the Palestinian Authority government. Failure to act against terror will inevitably effect relations between that government and the international community and undermine the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own.