Three Israelis have been killed in a Palestinian suicide attack in the West Bank. It is the first such strike since Hamas took power. It happened near the entrance to the Kedumim Jewish settlement. It is reported a man posing as an Orthodox Jew stopped a car on the pretence of hitch-hiking, and then blew himself up inside the vehicle.
He has been identified as 24-year-old Ahmed Masharka from Hebron. The bombing was claimed by the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement. It came a day after Hamas took office, and highlights the deadlock between Israel and the Palestinians. The new government is sworn to Israel’s destruction and called the attack “a natural response to Israeli crimes.” Israel has said it shows the Palestinians “remain totally indifferent to terrorism.”