The jihadis make no distinction between combatants and civilians. As far as they’re concerned, anyone in Israel is fair game. They only start speaking about civilians when manipulating the international press. “Boy, 16, badly hurt after Hamas fires missile at school bus,” by Yaakov Katz and Yaakov Lappin in the Jerusalem Post, April 8 (thanks to Block Ness):
An anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in the Negev on Thursday, critically wounding a 16-year-old boy and setting off a fierce round of clashes between the IDF and Palestinian terrorists.
The missile, which was fired by Hamas, hit the bus moments after most of the children got off, while it was driving near Kibbutz Saad, about 2.5 km. from Gaza. Only two people were on the bus when it was hit — the driver, who was lightly injured, and the boy, who was en route to visit his grandmother. The bus driver is a friend of the family.
Immediately after the attack, Palestinians fired more than 45 mortar shells and Katyusha and Kassam rockets into Israel.
One of the Grad-model Katyusha rockets was intercepted by the Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system deployed south of Ashkelon, proving its capabilities in combat for the first time.
IDF officers said that the attack — the first time an anti-tank missile was fired deep into Israel, and, officers believe, deliberately targeting the school bus — “crossed all red lines” and that Hamas would pay dearly.
Options under consideration include a renewal of targeted killings in the Gaza Strip — although it is thought that could move Hamas to launch rockets into the Tel Aviv area.
The IDF had intelligence about the attack, which was carried out in retaliation for the bombing of a car last Saturday in southern Gaza carrying senior Hamas operatives planning attacks against Israelis visiting Sinai. The IDF believes that Hamas wanted to attack a military target but, after it did not find one, decided to fire at the bus.
“We will not tolerate this attack,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak said during a visit to Gaza Division headquarters.
“Our response will continue as long as necessary to make it clear to the other side that these types of attacks will not be tolerated. We hold Hamas responsible for everything that comes out of Gaza and expect that Hamas understands what is permitted and what is forbidden.”…