Even the supposed "non-militants" fire rifles in celebration
In Gaza City, Fatah loyalists fired rifles out of car windows, sounded their horns and waved the yellow flag of their movement as they drove around the streets after getting word of the exit polls.Wonderful. Now look at this picture of Hamas supporters, and you might conclude like I have that "there's not a dime's worth of difference" between the two parties (as George Wallace said in 1968).
"Even though this is not the official result we have to celebrate," said 22-year-old Omar Abdel Al Raouf, waving an assault rifle from his car window. "The winner is the Palestinian people."
Mahmoud Abbas dared to claim that last week's suicide bombing at an Israeli store, owned by an Israeli and frequented by Israelis, was meant to disrupt the Palestinian elections. The last time I looked, Tel Aviv was not a Palestinian city, the restaurant is not Palestinian-owned (or Fatah-owned), and the victims were not Palestinians. So how could that homicide bombing have had any more impact on the elections than the other attacks, including Palestinian gunmen who regularly break into West Bank homes to shoot Israeli settlers? How could the attack have been meant for anything but to kill innocent Jews?
Of course, leave it to the New York Times (through its International Herald Tribune) to turn it into a sob story about the terrorist who couldn't blow anyone up by himself and left behind a weeping family. Only 17 words are devoted to the victims, and those only to state the fact. The rest of the loathsome article describes the family's "shock," which is only because he's dead, not because that bastard tried to murder a lot of people.