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The Ma’an news agency reports that Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri hailed the explosion in Tel Aviv this afternoon.
“Hamas blesses the attack in Tel Aviv and sees it as a natural response to the Israeli massacres…in Gaza,” he told Reuters. “Palestinian factions will resort to all means in order to protect our Palestinian civilians in the absence of a world effort to stop the Israeli aggression.”
Sweet cakes were handed out in celebration in Gaza’s main hospital, which has been inundated with wounded from the round-the-clock Israeli bombing and shelling.
“You opened the gates of hell on yourselves,” Hamas’s armed wing, the al-Qassam brigades, said on Twitter. “Oh Zionists, you have to drag yourselves out of hell, go back home now, go back to Germany, Poland, Russia, America and anywhere else.”
The last time a bomb blast hit Israel’s commercial capital was in April 2006, when an Arab suicide bomber killed 11 people at a sandwich stand near the old central bus station.
Hamas Terrorists have fired at least four rockets at Tel Aviv over the past week, but they were not able to get any direct hits and caused no casualties.
Israel launched its air offensive with the goal of putting a stop all missile launches out of the Gaza Strip, which lies a little over 40 miles south of Tel Aviv. So far, despite a dense and relentless pounding by the Israeli air force, of targets that have been analyzed and picked over months, and despite the fact that many Hamas assets have been laid to ruin – the terrorists are still able to inflict pain on Israel’s civilian population.
As every army in modern history has learned, you can’t win wars from the air, or even with artillery from afar. Wars are won by infantry and armored units who move in and deny the enemy the freedom to continue operations.
Now pass me one of them sweet cakes.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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