Sending a message?


Today is the Israeli referendum on Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan. Sadly, the occasion will be marked not just by ballots, but by violence, as terrorists coldly murdered a pregnant mother and her four daughters as she went to vote:

A pregnant mother and her four daughters were shot dead Sunday after two terrorists opened fire at Israeli cars traveling near the Kissufim Crossing at the entrance to the Gush Katif settlement bloc in the Gaza Strip.

The dead were identified as Tali Hatuel, 34, eight months pregnant and her daughters Hila, 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, Merav, 2 all from the settlement of Katif. Details of the funerals have yet to be finalized

Two soldiers and an Israeli civilian were also wounded in the attack and were evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheba.

The IDF said that both of the gunmen, who arrived at the area by car, were killed in an ensuing firefight.

The Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and Popular Resistance Committees claimed joint responsibility for the attack, saying it was to avenge the assassinations of Hamas leaders Sheikh Yassin and Rantisi.

The newspapers are all discussing the strategic implications, speculating that Sharon’s plan will be defeated and that this latest attack will only help widen the margin of defeat. From the perspective of the Palestinian terrorists, they’d love to see the plan shot down and Sharon’s government embarrassed, so their motivation isn’t so hard to question.

But for an innocent woman and her children, none of that matters now. They were just the latest victims of disgusting terrorism… and though everyone seems to have a different idea on how to react to the terror, no vote or political plan can bring them back to life.

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1 DaninVan 05.02.04 at 6:08 PM

Correct me if I’m incorrect, but didn’t Israel state that the Hamas leadership would NOT be targetted IF THEY DIDN’T CONTINUE TERRORIST ATTACKS…
Seems obvious to me.


2 Knave 05.02.04 at 6:57 PM

You’ll need to clarify your point there Danin, I’m not following you.


3 Otter 05.03.04 at 3:21 AM

My impression is that once Sharon started to hint that he would proceed with disengagement regardless of the outcome, it gave voters a green light to vote no with no consequences. He really, really botched this one — hopefully Bush and Lapid will make sure he keeps the plan alive.

Yeah, the point blank shooting of small children is particularly horrific. Doesn’t seem to have dampened the enthusiasm for it in the Arab media, though.


4 Hanthala 05.03.04 at 4:25 AM

Weren’t they settlers? Yes, Sari.


5 Peter 05.03.04 at 5:30 AM

Yeah, they’re settlers. Just like Hanthala.


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