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I don't know, but this has the potential to be a very big deal. This could be the match that is thrown onto the pile of dry hay.
Thirteen people, including bus passengers and two policemen, were wounded in the shooting, which appeared linked to tensions over the upcoming Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank (search).
The military identified the dead soldier as Pvt. Eden Natan-Zada (search), a resident of the Jewish settlement of Tapuah (search) in the West Bank. Natan-Zada's father, Yitzhak, told The Associated Press his son ran away from his army unit several weeks ago after being told he would have to participate in the Gaza pullout.
Israel Radio said the gunman was bludgeoned to death by the crowd. After the attack, the gunman's body lay on the floor of the bus, and police had covered his head with a black plastic bag. His shirtless upper torso was heavily bruised and bloodied.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (search) denounced the shooting as "a despicable act by a bloodthirsty terrorist." Settler leaders also condemned the attack.
Security officials have been warning for months that Jewish militants, desperate to sabotage Israel's pullout, might attack Arabs to deflect Israeli forces away from the Gaza pullout. The police commissioner, Moshe Karadi, warned the shooting could trigger more violence.
The attack took place on the No. 165, which shuttles between the Arab town of Shfaram in northern Israel and nearby communities. At around 6 p.m., the bearded gunman, who wore an Israeli army uniform, boarded the bus and opened fire. Police said the attacker wore a skullcap, identifying him as an Orthodox Jew.
Four people were killed, including the driver. Police said the four apparently were all residents of Shfaram.
The windows of the bus were shattered. Blood stained some of the seats. A policeman stood near the body, using a bullhorn to address a crowd of thousands at the scene.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon condemned the gunman, a teenage Israeli soldier who was beaten to death by enraged residents after the attack in the Arab town of Shfaram, as a "bloodthirsty terrorist" bent on poisoning Jewish-Arab relations.
That's how I felt too...oh well, I guess if people think this is "news worthy" they'll vote it in...
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Fox News covered this story last night. It is an act of terrorism and Sharon was right to condemn the action. Israel needs to take very serious action against Jewish extremists if they are forestall retaliatory action by Palestinian terror groups.