The 401st Blow :: Thoughts On Media

I Hate To Say I Told You So

Posted in Policy, Theory by Noah Harlan on August 31, 2010

I had predicted that sometime between August 21st and September 9th there would be either a suicide bombing or a rocket attack in Israel. I was close.

Four Israelis, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed near Hebron tonight. While this wasn’t a suicide bombing and it wasn’t inside Israel. It was a West Bank-based attack and effectively the same thing.

I also said the following:

“The attacks will not be explicitly from Hamas, however Hamas will say that they are legitimate”

Again, I was partially right:

Last night Hamas’s armed wing claimed responsibility for the attack stating the “Qassam Brigades announces its full responsibility for the heroic operation in Hebron.”

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A political spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist organisation that internally controls the Gaza Strip and is opposed to the direct talks, today praised the attack. “Hamas regards [the attack] as a natural response to the crimes of the occupation,” Sami Abu-Zuhri told Reuters.

Say what you will about the Middle East, the Israelis and the Palestinians. There is one group that has no interest in peace. It is Hamas and they prove, yet again, why they are deemed and should be treated as a terrorist organization.

Now let’s hope the Israelis and Fatah stay calm, remain focussed, and keep their eyes on the goal of these meetings.

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