Yes Crispian; it was a "terrorist attack", as even the Palestinian Prime Minister acknowledged:Police said it was a "terrorist attack" -- Israel's term for a Palestinian strike.
But Balmer has absolutely no difficulty adopting Palestinian euphemisms to conceal the horror of their terror war that killed over 1,000 Israelis:Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad swiftly denounced the attack. "I condemn this terrorist operation in the strongest possible terms, regardless of who was behind it," he said in a statement released by his office in the West Bank.
Nor does the Reuters correspondent have any compunction willfully understating by half, the number of Israelis killed in that terror war by slyly limiting his statistical count to suicide bombings only, while he counts Palestinians killed by any means:At the height of a Palestinian uprising that began in 2000, but which died out in recent years, militants carried out dozens of often deadly bombings in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
Balmer then recalls for readers, the 2009 Gaza war between Israel and Hamas, citing an estimate of the number of Palestinians killed, while making no mention of the thousands of Palestinian rockets and mortars fired into Israeli civilian communities that precipitated the war.Over 500 Israeli civilians died in 140 Palestinian suicide bomb attacks from 2000 to 2007. More than 4,500 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the same period.
Balmer finishes with flair by asserting, sans proof, that:Israel launched a three-week war on the impoverished coastal enclave in 2009, killing about 1,400 Palestinians and drawing heavy international censure.
In fact, Hamas along with other Palestinian terror groups have launched over 500 rockets and mortars into Israel since the end of the war.Hamas, which seized control of Gaza in a 2007 coup, had mostly held fire since.