Over the weekend, two
Palestinian terrorists in Gaza died when their bombs went off accidentally.
This is increasingly common, and the result of Israeli operations against the
bomb builders themselves. The competence level of Palestinian bomb builders has
declined, and accidents are more frequent.
April 29, 2007: Palestinian rocket fire
into Israel continued to be largely ineffective, and Hamas now says firing the
rockets is a form of self-defense. Israel says it will take stronger measures
(like an invasion of Gaza) if the rockets don't stop. Meanwhile, life in Gaza
gets worse because of the political deadlock between Hamas and Fatah, and the
Hamas insistence that Israel must be destroyed.
April 28, 2007: Israeli troops killed another
three Palestinians attempting to plant bombs along the security fence between
Gaza and Israel. Hamas considers deaths like this to be a violation of the
April 27, 2007: Egyptian police prevented two
Palestinian terrorists from attacking Israeli tourists in the Sinai. One of the
Palestinians threw his bomb at the police instead, and was captured. The other
Palestinian got away. None of the Israelis were injured. In Israel, police
searched the home and office of Arab-Israeli politician Azmi Bishara, who is
suspected of spying for Hizbollah. Bishara has fled the country and refuses to
April 26, 2007: Hamas says it will try to
kidnap more Israeli soldiers, and use them to get captured terrorists out of
jail. Kidnapping has long been a Palestinian tactic, but it is not easy to pull
April 24, 2007: The "armed wing of
Hamas" declared the ceasefire over and fired several rockets into southern
Israel. Several other factions have been firing rockets into Israel since the
ceasefire began, but the Palestinians insisted that did not violate the
ceasefire, because those factions refused to obey orders.
April 24, 2007: The Palestinian unity
(Hamas/Fatah) government is starting to break up, with the new interior
minister resigning. His job was to restore order in Gaza, but resistance from
Hamas, Fatah and other militias has made that impossible.
April 23, 2007: Egypt has put restrictions on
Hamas officials traveling to Egypt. While Hamas denies it, Egypt believes the
Palestinians are working with Islamic terrorists in Egypt, and is closely
watching Hamas officials in Egypt to gather evidence. Hamas calls it