posted on May, 2 2004 @ 06:07 AM
Four Israeli children and a woman have been killed in the latest terrorist attack in the Middle East.
"A mother and four Israeli children have been killed after two Palestinian gunmen attacked a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Army
The attack near the Gush Katif bloc came as Israel's ruling Likud Party voted on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to pull out of Gaza.
Army Radio said the militants had opened fire on a vehicle, and detonated a bomb at an army post."
I would think that this act is going to attract a massive retaliation from Israel judging on their past history.
Questions though. Will we see the outrage worldwide over the killings of these children, as we have seen recently over atrocities (some unproven) that
have been perpetrated against Arabs?
Will our newspapers give this front page headlines? Only hours after this story has broken it already merits no space on headline BBC news. Instead
the BBC is still concentrating on the dubious
UK torture allegations in Iraq.
Militarily, Israel is highly unlikely to take this act of terror lying down - especially as they are preparing for a full pull out from Gaza. The vote
for a pullout of Gaza is taking place in the Likud today and this act may have been aimed at influencing it.
Rather than forcing the Israelis out though, I see this giving Jewish hardline settlers more fuel for their grievances against the move. It is
doubtful that Likud themselves will be swayed in any way by such an action but it will affect military operations and grass-root opinion.
[Edited on 2-5-2004 by Leveller]
[Edited on 5-2-2004 by Valhall]