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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Happy Chanuka to all?

I have seen alot of bloggers say how the checkpoints in Israel are such a waste of time and so terrible.
What could have happened today if this person had been able to get where he planned to go? What would have happened in a mall busy with shoppers for Chanuka and full of teenagers?

This suicide bomber was there to go after families. Is this peace? Is this co existance? What do people expect the Israils to do just allow bombers into the country so that the Christian Left can be happy?

By NASSER ISHTAYEH, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 1 minute ago



TULKAREM, West Bank - A Palestinian suicide bomber trying to enter Israel blew himself up Thursday at a military checkpoint set up to foil attackers, killing an Israeli soldier and two other Palestinians.

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The army said it set up the checkpoint in the West Bank shortly after receiving warnings that a suicide bomber was headed toward Israel. The bomber was traveling in a taxi that stopped at the roadblock for a security check.

Three occupants got out, including a man wearing a large overcoat. When soldiers ordered him to remove the coat, he detonated a concealed explosives belt, the army said.

The suicide bombing took place just south of the Palestinian town of Tulkarem, about two miles inside the West Bank.

The army said the bomber, an accomplice and the taxi driver were killed. One Israeli officer died and three soldiers were wounded, one seriously, the army added. Seven Palestinians were wounded, Palestinian medical officials said.

The bombing came hours after Israeli warplanes and artillery pounded the northern Gaza Strip, beginning an aggressive new campaign to stop Palestinian rocket fire. The army has threatened to shoot anyone who approaches the border.

Meanwhile, Palestinian officials imposed a series of roadblocks in southern Gaza as they searched for a British aid worker and her parents kidnapped a day earlier by Palestinian gunmen.

The Arabic satellite station Al-Arabiya reported that Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. The claim could not immediately be confirmed.

The army imposed closures on the West Bank towns of Tulkarem and Qalqiliya.

Israel's deputy defense minister, Zeev Boim, said Thursday's attack was carried out by Islamic Jihad operatives in the northern West Bank, with direct support from the group's leadership in Syria.

"Their efforts to put suicide bombers in the center of Israel are always ongoing," he told Israel Radio, praising the army for foiling what could have been a far worse attack if the attackers had reached an Israeli city.

David Baker, an official in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office, noted the attacker aimed to strike inside Israel during the Hanukkah holiday — a time when many families are outside because of school vacation.

Islamic Jihad has carried out a series of suicide attacks since Israel and the Palestinians declared a cease-fire last February. It also has been responsible for most of the rocket fire out of Gaza aimed at southern Israeli towns, which has continued despite Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in September.





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