No fewer than three Palestinian militant groups - Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades - claimed responsibility for a Qassam rocket attack today on houses in the Israeli town of Sderot. In a joint statement, they said the attack was to avenge the deaths of three "militants" killed earlier Saturday in the West Bank.The terrorists fired three Qassams into southern Israel tonight (Saturday evening). One rocket landed right next to a Sderot residence destroying a wall and wounding two people. Two additional rockets landed in open areas near the town. Four people were treated for shock.
An Israel Air Force aircraft immediately fired a missile at a car in the northern Gaza Strip, killing a Palestinian man and wounding a second occupant. An IDF spokesperson said tonight that the dead man, a 37-year-old Gaza resident, was one of the members of the terror gang that mounted the attack on the Sderot houses.
"We condemn this," said Saeb Erekat, a top aide to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. "This undermines our efforts to bring about a cessation of hostilities. As such, I believe this is very, very bad."
Erekat was, of course, talking about Israel's success in quickly and effectively striking the vehicle of the terrorists who executed the rocket attack. He did not even pretend to condemn, criticize or otherwise speak against the firing of rockets into Israeli town.
As for what he calls his "efforts to bring about a cessation of hostilities", no journalist - as far as we can tell - broke out in hysterical laughter.