We noted yesterday that Hamas had promised a new war against Israel so today's terror attack should come as no surprise to anyone. Notwithstanding, Hamilton does his level best to confuse readers on culpability for the attack with this tortured bit of circular reasoning from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:Hamas's armed wing, Izz el-Deen al-Qassam, said in a statement it took "full responsibility for the heroic operation in Hebron."
Its claim confounded recent Hamas signals that it would deter militants from resuming attacks on Israel of the sort that triggered the Jewish state's military assault of the winter of 2008-09 in which 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.
Following which, Hamilton plays Holmes and chases the red herring:Abbas said the Highway 60 attack "cannot be considered an act of resistance after Hamas itself has stopped resistance from the Gaza Strip and gone after those who carry it out."
Because there is always another front group in an endless stream of front groups for Reuters to blame rather than hold the Palestinians to account for their open hostility to coexistence with the Jews.This opened the question of who authorised the killings, and whether Hamas was united behind the attack or was now divided.
Hamilton then repeats the same bit of rhetorical legerdemain deployed by his colleague Tom Perry yesterday:
As we noted, more than double that number of Israelis were killed when all means of terror attacks are included. Hamilton is clearly more Shyster than Sherlock.Tuesday's attack was the most lethal in the West Bank in four years, the army said. In a Palestinian uprising from 2000 to 2007, some 540 Israelis were killed in suicide bomb attacks and more than 4,000 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces.