It appears that the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians has been shaken by last night’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv but not shattered.
Five people were killed and dozens more injured in the explosion outside a busy nightclub.
It is unclear who carried out the attack. Although a cell of Islamic Jihad initially claimed responsibility, the faction’s Gaza leadership denied it, as have other mainstream groups.
The Palestinian leadership has spoken out against the bombing and blamed an unknown so-called “third party” for trying to sabotage the peace process.
Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei said: “We condemn this act, it’s against our policy and our strategy. We, all the Palestinians, now agree that any kind of military act against the Israelis, Israeli civilians in Israel is condemned and not allowed.”
As the clear-up continued in Tel Aviv, Israeli troops arrested five Palestinians in the West Bank in connection with the attack. A further two have been detained by Palestinian police.
Security forces from both sides are expected to meet today.