Suicide Bomber Kills 9 at Tel Aviv Eatery
April 17, 2006
EL AVIV, Israel - A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside a fast-food restaurant in a bustling area of Tel Aviv during the Passover holiday Monday, killing nine other people and wounding dozens in the deadliest Palestinian attack in more than a year.
The new Palestinian government, led by Hamas, called the attack a legitimate response to Israeli "aggression."
Israel said it held Hamas ultimately responsible — even though a different militant group, Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility — and would respond "as necessary."
"We shall, of course, continue to use all means at our disposal to prevent every other attempt," Israeli Prime Minister-designate Ehud Olmert said.
Israeli defense chiefs were to consult later Monday, but security officials said a possible reoccupation of Gaza, the base of the new Hamas government, was not being considered.
The White House strongly condemned the attack, calling it "a despicable act of terror for which there is no excuse or justification."
A security guard posted outside the restaurant, the target of a suicide bombing in January, prevented Monday's bomber from entering the building, police said.
It was the first suicide attack in Israel since the Hamas militant group took over the Palestinian government 2 1/2 weeks ago. Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in attacks, has largely observed a cease-fire since February 2005.
Hamas calls the suicide attack legitimate.
It doesn't matter if it was Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Hezbollah or any other Terrorist group who attack Israel because when Israel repsonds in a legitimate Strike of self defense they are the ones called Terrorists while the real Terrorists get a slap on the wrist.
Hypocrisy at it's finest.