And AP shills for the jihadists. “Gaza militants fire rockets deep into Israel,” by Aron Heller for Associated Press, March 24 (thanks to JCB):
JERUSALEM — Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a new wave of rockets that landed deep inside Israel Thursday, defying Israeli retaliatory attacks and threats.
As the violence threatened to escalate the day after a deadly Jerusalem bombing, Israel got a boost from the visiting U.S. defense chief, who said no country could tolerate the “repugnant” attacks on its soil.
Police said Gaza militants fired 10 rockets and mortars toward Israel Thursday, including two rockets that exploded north of the city of Ashdod, a main Mediterranean port city about 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of Gaza “” a first since Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers reached an unofficial truce following a three-week war that ended in January 2009. Israeli airstrikes hit a number of Gaza targets in retaliation throughout the day.
Neither side reported injuries or said they wanted a new fight. But the new hostilities could easily spin out of control, especially if civilian deaths mount.
Wednesday’s bombing killed a British tourist, and five members of a Jewish family were slain while they slept in a West Bank settlement earlier this month. Israel has blamed Palestinians for both attacks.
Who else might be responsible, AP? Was Tim McVeigh seen in the area?
Also this week, Israeli shelling killed three children and their uncle in Gaza. The army said it was targeting militants….
Note AP’s relentless pro-jihad bias. Do they speak about the well-established practice of Hamas of launching attacks from civilian areas, so as to draw retaliatory fire that can be used for propaganda purposes? Of course not.
Israel says Hamas has used the lull to rearm with longer distance rockets that can reach as far as Tel Aviv, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Gaza….
On Thursday President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to offer condolences. The White House said Obama reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security….
Sure, while expressing condolences for the Palestinian jihadists killed in Israeli defensive efforts.
Abbas, who rules on in the West Bank, has rejected violence and condemned Wednesday’s bombing.
AP reports this with a straight face despite the manifest involvement of Fatah jihadists in numerous violent attacks against Israel.
Hamas, which violently wrested control of Gaza from Abbas loyalists in June 2007, sees the diplomatic standstill as proof that only an armed struggle will win the Palestinians a state.
Their own violent intransigence and determination to destroy Israel utterly couldn’t have anything to do with it. Oh, no.