A woman was murdered [at about 10:30 AM] Monday morning and about 10 people were injured in a terror attack carried out by a suicide bomber at a commercial center in the southern Israeli city of Dimona.
A police officer who was in the area, [Chief Inspector] Kobi Mor, shot and killed another terrorist. The explosive device on the second bomber’s body did not explode, and sappers were dispatched to the scene of the attack to detonate the device in a controlled manner.
Fatah’s al-Aqsa brigades took ‘credit’ for the attack. There are conflicting reports as to whether the terrorists originally came from Gaza and crossed the Egyptian border, or from Hebron by way of an area where the security fence has not yet been built.
Mor, the police officer, was a hero, shooting the second terrorist in the head as he tried to activate his explosive belt. Had he missed, he and numerous others would likely have been killed or seriously injured.
Palestinians in Gaza celebrated the joyous event by passing out candy and flowers. It takes a special kind of culture to take pleasure in randomly ending the lives of innocent people out shopping, but we don’t need to go there today.
Palestinians in Gaza distribute candy, flowers, to celebrate successful murder
This is the first successful suicide attack in Israel since January of last year, when three people were killed in a bakery in Eilat.
Although suicide bombings are dramatic, one mustn’t forget the almost daily shootings, stabbings, rocket and mortar attacks, etc.
Although the police and other security services do a remarkably effective job of intercepting terrorists, even a 99% success rate means that one will get through every 100 attempts. And there are plenty of attempts.
There are several steps that Israel could take to improve the odds. One would be to close the gaps in the security fence (and now this includes the Egyptian border). Another would be to target those who plan the attacks, recruit the bombers, etc. It should be no less suicidal to organize bombings than to carry them out. It goes without saying that when such terrorist planners are arrested, they should be executed, rather than released in prisoner swaps, goodwill gestures, etc.
And it seems silly to continue talks with Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, who is unable, unwilling (or both) to do anything to stop Palestinian terrorism.