Wednesday, May 18, 2005

AP'S 'Cycle of Violence' and 'Cease Fire' which includes Suicide Bombings and Mortar Firings

What 'Cease-Fire?

A bunch of Hamas terrorists were setting up mortars to fire at Gush Katif. They got four off. And then the IAF tossed fire their way.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - An Israeli aircraft Wednesday fired at a group of Hamas militants who were about to shoot mortar shells at a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip, the army and witnesses said. The new violence threatened a fragile cease-fire declared in February.

The airstrike came minutes after militants fired four mortar shells at the Gush Katif settlement bloc. The army said it spotted two Palestinians preparing to fire more mortars when it attacked.

Hamas said one of its members was critically wounded while conducting a "holy mission." After the airstrike, militants fired a fifth mortar shell, the army said.

Now the Israeli Double Standard - 'Palis firing at civilians is 'retaliation' for Israelis killing terrorists.' (who by the way began firing at Israeli troops)

The mortar fire was in apparent retaliation for Israel's killing earlier Wednesday of a militant near the edge of the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza. Military officials said the Palestinians fired rifles and aimed anti-tank grenades at Israeli soldiers, who shot back. Residents identified the dead man as a Hamas member.

According to the AP there is a 'cycle of violence' when Pali 'militants' fire at the IDF who then fire back and kill one? The the Palis then 'retaliate' by firing mortars indescriminately at Israeli towne, ie.. civilians?

That's a 'cycle of violence'?
However, that's not what apparently REALLY happened. It's even worse than the AP 'story' details. The Jerusalem Post explains -

The mortar barrage was apparently a response to the death of a Islamic Jihad operative overnight near Rafah. The IDF said that Ahmed Barhoum was apparently killed when a bomb he was carrying exploded prematurely; the army denied claims he had been killed by IDF gunfire.

According to Southern Command officers, PA security officials informed them that Barhoum's body was full of shrapnel apparently caused by the bomb he was carrying.

So he wasn't even killed by IDF returning fire. He was killed because the bomb he was carrying pre-maturely exploded only killing him! Back to the AP -

There has been a sharp drop in fighting since the truce was declared by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, although there have been sporadic flare-ups in violence. Israel has repeatedly said it reserves the right to respond to attacks that Palestinian security forces fail to prevent.
"What do you expect us to do if they are attacking us?" said Raanan Gissin, a spokesman for Sharon.

Those 'sporadic flare-ups' include 5 murdered in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Search on 'what truce' or 'what cease-fire' at Meryl's site and you'll find out how 'sporadic' the violence has been. That is to say, terrorist attacks are happening every day now. Back to the Jerusalem Post -

Meanwhile, the army said that during the night, two anti-tank rockets and shots were fired a number of times at IDF posts and patrols near Rafah. IDF soldiers returned fire with light weapons but did not identify hitting anyone.
It was only later that the Palestinians reported that Barhoum had been shot and killed by the IDF,but an initial probe carried out by the PA revealed that this was false. Southern command officials said they could not rule out the possibility that Barhoum was planning to detonate a bomb near IDF troops.

Back to the AP -
Such violent incidents have been rare (??) since the cease-fire took effect Feb. 8, and the two sides have stepped up cooperation on security matters. However, Israel has resisted calls to resume peace talks (??) until the Palestinians take tougher action against militants.

Violent incidents have been rare?

Israel has 'resisted resuming' 'peace talks' because the PA won't crack down on violent attacks on Israel? Imagine that! But notice the AP dripping bias in how it is worded to implicate Israel's fault.

Before Wednesday, Israel had not responded to a barrage of mortar and rocket attacks aimed at the settlements in recent weeks, prompting strong criticism from the residents, who said the government was leaving them defenseless.

Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri said the airstrike was the latest in a "series of Israeli escalations," and the group reserved the right to retaliate. However, he did not call off the cease-fire.

The calm declared is a conditional one, and we have the right to respond to any violation," he said. "It has nothing to do with the continuation of the calm, which still exists."

That last sentence is mental gymnastics... 'which still exists'?
WHAT CALM? Attempted and successful suicide bombings, shooting attacks, mortar attacks on civilians. And more mortars have been fired since this incident!

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