Pali Work Accident
A Pali terrorist militant was killed Monday in an accidental bomb explosion in the northernÂ Gaza Strip,Â Hamas said. Three members of the armed wing of the governing Hamas movement were also wounded in the blast, which occurred as a result of mishandling explosives, the group said in a statement. Hamas had said the explosion was caused by Israeli shelling, but an army spokeswoman denied Israeli involvement.
From the Elder of Ziyon:
Meanwhile, a security source told Ma’an that Israel was aware of an explosion near Beit Hanoun, “but as far as we can tell, it was an internal blast.”
So who do we believe, the impartial medics or the evil Zionist enemy?
Look atÂ Hamas’ Al Qassam brigades website, where it mourns a person autotranslated as “Thaer Qassam vegetables” (I believe his real name is Thaer Kader) who died “while performing a task of Jihad” in northern Gaza.Â Palestine Press Agency says that one of the injured is clinically dead.Â Firas Press also says that it was an internal explosion.
“Israel has the full right to defend its citizens from terror and missile attacks from Hamas and Hizbullah. Turkey is the last country that can preach morality to Israel and the IDF.”
The uncharacteristically sharp statement was prompted by a press conference Erdogan held on Monday with visiting Lebanese PrimeÂ MinisterÂ Saad Hariri, during which he accused Israel of threatening peace in the region and using disproportionate force against Palestinians.
Erdogan, who, according to one IsraeliÂ official, has made lashing out at Israel his “hobby,” urged Israel to stop violating Lebanon’s airspace and territorial waters. He also called on the UN Security Council to put the same pressure on Israel regarding nuclear arms as it does on Iran.
He also criticized Israel for an air strike in Gaza on Sunday that was prompted by missile and mortar attacks from the Strip.
“What is your excuse this time?” he asked.
Erdogan then used the platform to accuse Israel of using white phosphorus shells in its offensive against Hamas in Gaza last winter.
“No one can claim that phosphorus shells are not weapons of mass destruction,” he said.
In response, theÂ ForeignÂ MinistryÂ said that “Israel shows respect to Turkey and is interested in a continuation of normal relations between the countries, but we expect reciprocity and a similar approach from theÂ TurkishÂ side.”
According to Israeli officials, the decision to issue the statement, and the summoning of theÂ TurkishÂ envoy to Ayalon to hear Israel’s protest over the latest anti-Israeli show onTurkishÂ television, came fromÂ ForeignÂ MinisterÂ Avigdor Lieberman.
“When it comes to human rights and the treatment of minorities, the Turks don’t exactly have a sterling record,” one governmentÂ officialÂ said. “Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
TheÂ officialÂ pointed out that Lieberman recently told Israel’s diplomats serving abroad that they should not be apologetic or attempt to ingratiate themselves with their host countries to find favor in their eyes. TheÂ foreignÂ ministerÂ is simply now practicing what he preached, theÂ officialÂ said.
Ayalon summonedÂ TurkishÂ Ambassador Oguz Celikkol to the Knesset on Monday to express outrage over a newÂ TurkishÂ television show that depicts Mossad agents as baby-snatchers. He called Celikkol for the meeting before Erdogan made his controversial comments.
Read it all: Israel to Turkey: We can fight back/J’Post