Suicide Bomber Strikes Israel
Islamic Jihad, a terrorist organization with a history of Iranian support, claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a falafel stand at an open-air market in Hadera, Israel. Five Israelis were killed, and more than thirty were wounded.
The attack came hours after Iran's state-run media reported comments from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and saying a new wave of Palestinian attacks would destroy the Jewish state.All the while, Iran continues its quest for nuclear weapons.
Recalling Iran's history of support for Islamic Jihad, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev criticized both Ahmadinejad's statement and another from Mahmoud Zahar, a leader of the Hamas militant group in Gaza who threatened fresh violence against Israel.
"Today, Israelis heard two extremists speak openly about destroying the Jewish state. One was the new president of Iran, and the other was the leader of Hamas, Mahmoud Zahar. And it appears the problem with these extremists is that they followed through on their violent declarations with violent actions," Regev told The Associated Press.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan condemned the bombing and called on the Palestinian leadership to crack down on militants.