Hamas claims responsibility for Israel attack, announces cease-fire
April 7th, 2011
08:03 PM ET

Hamas claims responsibility for Israel attack, announces cease-fire

Hamas says it and other Palestinian factions have agreed to stop firing into Israel after Hamas claimed responsibility for shooting a missile that struck an Israeli bus Thursday.

The Hamas strike critically wounded a teenage boy on his way home from school. After not claiming responsibility for the attack earlier in the day, Hamas on Thursday night sent a message to reporters saying the strike was in retaliation for the killing of three Hamas leaders last weekend.

After the attack Thursday, and the firing of numerous mortars into Israel, the Israel Defense Forces "targeted nine terror-activity sites in the Gaza Strip," the IDF said in a news release. A military spokeswoman said later that IDF aircraft targeted three smuggling tunnels in southern Gaza in addition to the nine targets mentioned earlier.

The additional IDF strikes hit shortly after Hamas' cease-fire was scheduled to take effect, according to Hamas' Interior Ministry.

said it will stop after talking with other Palestinian factions following , according to Hamas' Interior Ministry.

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  1. raven

    Dim Mak, I agree . neither is willing to make any concessions. Netanyahu seems to want peace but I have to admit he kinda confuses me.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      Netanyahu is dealing with the realities of his current coalition government. Maybe after the next election we'll see some progress. In the meantime, the PA will just need to sit and wait.

      April 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Raven: Your confusion will evaporate after answering the following simple question: If Israel will make "concessions" WILL THERE BE PEACE?

      April 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    In the same way Arafat confused me, I mean . Nobel Prize winner AND terrorist . Two sides of the same coin , I guess .

    April 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Sometimes people get a Nobel price not for something they've achieved but for PROMISING to achieve something they ( and anyone else) know will not be achieved. Two examples come to mind: one is President Arafat. Another is President Obama.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. meman

    This is a case of the unstoppable elephant meeting the unmovable rock. It can't work. One has to go – for good. And it needs to be Hamas.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    Thats kinda what I meant . I think any country has the right and the responsibility to defend itself and its citizens. But where is the line between defense and retaliation ? I think you were right on the money when you said (or implied ) it will never be truly peaceful .and I truly do still get confused by ALL the parties involved .

    April 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Im with you ,lee in Tulsa . I hope our involvement brings swift relief to the people of Libya. Makes me proud to be an American.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |


    April 8, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @AMERICAN POWER... Tens of thousands of Americans are murdered, rayped, and robbed each year. When a fellow American murders your wife, or when a fellow American raypes your daughter...or when an American corporation rips off you retirement, them Muslim "terrorists" seem to be little more than pests. How about you? Are Muslims more dangerous than fellow Americans where you live?

    April 8, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Israel was at one time a very prosperous nation. They easily vanquished their enemies even though they had no alliances with superpowers. (their religion forbids such alliances) If they were attacked, they would do stuff like send out a young boy with a slingshot to face the enemy. Or arm one man with an old jawbone and send him to fight 10,000 enemy soldiers. And they would win every single time. Then Israel started forming alliances with foreigners who arm them with conventional weapons. Isreal began and continues to reject their own religion in favor of military might. Since they have been depending on military might rather than depending on their own God, Israel has had nothing but troubles. Modern-day Israel cannoot accomplish with tanks and uzzis and jets and bulldozers what one small boy accomplished with a slingshot years ago. They have forsaken their God...and it shows.

    April 8, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      There is no "their God", Philip. According to Judaism ( the religion of the Jews) there is ONE God and this ONE God is the God of ALL people.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dim Mak

    Oh my god. A jaw bone? Lol Hilarious. Phillip you're a funny guy. Have you ever thought that the jawbone story was just a metaphor or some type of campfire story from back in the day? Yes have the israelis fling jaw bones like boomerangs at the Hamas leaders. Cuckoo. The problem is religion in general. The Devil created all these different cults, so they could do battle with each other it's the daily entertainment here.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dim Mak

    My point is that no man will enter heaven if he wars with another. Slaying an enemy with a jaw bone or a gun is still murder.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    I know that the accounts of ancient Israel's conquests, the accounts of the flood and the accounts of creation are not just metaphors. How? By examining closely what Jesus said about them. He spoke of them as true accounts, not just story lessens. Today's believers are under the command to have intense love for one another. Such was not the case with ancient Israelites. Back then, they were the only people on earth who loved God, and God defended them against their enemies who were also his enemies. Today's believers come from all nations, not just one.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    And with Mubarak gone, Netenyahu will have to find another leader to bribe.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      WHY should Israel bribe Arab leaders?

      April 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. peace ppl

    no more f–k israeli terror=answer

    April 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. peace ppl

    zionisms goal is to draw muslims and christians to fight cuz they hate us both

    April 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    @peace ppl...exactly. Their crude plan is already backfiring on them. How many "Christian" nations, including the USA, regularly arm Israel's enemies now?

    April 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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