Why is it that I feel that this latest incident is just more of the same? Hamas who puts no value on human life has sunk to a new low. It was a staged killing, with a camera rolling, which just happened to be on the scene; and all for what purpose?
Well, derailing the Abbas referendum comes to mind, tugging on the heart strings of the predisposed believers as another, justifying further violence and Jihad a third.
The list goes on, all nefarious and hatred filled reasons to justify and to continue a defunct policy. Now it is Hamas terrorism against its own people to arm twist them in continuing a struggle that means something only to Hamas and its myopic leadership; when a Two State solution is near consummation only but for the Hamas barricaded mentality.
Is life so cheap for Hamas manipulators that the Palestinian blood of an innocent family to be shed so wantonly? First Dura and now this!
It should end, but itís up the Palestinian people to see the light and uncover what Hamas is all about, a ruthless bunch of killers, to whom the end always justifies the means.Israel Bonan
Following is the full transcript of the article of the Washington Post: Israel: Gaza Blast Not From Israeli Shell
By LAURIE COPANS
The Associated Press
Tuesday, June 13, 2006; 2:41 AM
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli investigation into what caused an explosion on a Gaza beach that killed eight Palestinians will conclude that the blast was most likely caused by a mine planted by Palestinian militants and not an Israeli shell, military officials said Tuesday.
The Palestinians had blamed an Israeli shell for the killing of the civilians in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, and had recognized as a hero a Palestinian girl whose image was broadcast around the world crying over her father's body at the scene.
While Israel had originally left open the possibility that it was responsible and expressed sorrow for the deaths, senior officials had suggested that Palestinian militants could have planted explosives on the beach and the army opened an investigation.
The military committee looking into the blast is expected to issue its findings later Tuesday.
The committee will announce that Israel was almost certainly not involved in the explosion and it was caused by explosives planted by the Hamas militant group, military officials said on condition of anonymity since the results were not official yet.
The blast occurred on the outskirts of the town of Beit Lahia, not far from where Palestinian militants frequently fire rockets toward Israel. Israel often shoots artillery in the area to prevent the rocket launchings.
According to the findings, shrapnel taken from two wounded Palestinians who were evacuated to Israeli hospitals showed that the explosives were not made in Israel, the officials said. In addition, the last Israeli shell fired toward Palestinian rocket launchers who operate in the area was seven minutes before the blast and landed 250 yards from the scene, the officials said.
Also, after the blast, Israeli military viewed Hamas militants collecting the shrapnel from the area, in an apparent effort to prevent authorities from revealing that the explosion was caused by explosives it had laid, the officials said.
The results of the investigation are also based on threats by Hamas to stop Israeli naval commandos from landing on the beach after group militants were killed in the area in an ambush by Israeli navy divers last month, the officials said.
The army has accounted for five of six of the shells that it fired in the area Friday evening before the blast, the officials said. The one shell that is not accounted for was fired before the five others _ more than ten minutes before the blast that killed the Palestinians _ and apparently landed further away than the shells that were fired later, the officials said.
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