Now, following the beach incident in Gaza:
- Olmert apologized for the incident
- Hamas has declared "We have decided to turn Sderot into a ghost town. We won't stop firing the rockets until they all leave."
- Defense Minister Amir Peretz said that all Israeli artillery fire at Kassam launching cells would be suspended until the army's investigation into the deadly incident was completed.
Meanwhile, another Arutz Sheva article casts strong doubts that Israel is responsible.
This after the incident has brought all kinds of accusers out of the woodwork:
- Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi and extreme left-wing MK Zahava Gal'on (Meretz): Defense Minister Amir Peretz is responsible for the murder of the seven Arab members of the one family
- Arab MK Muhammed Barakeh said that Peretz could wear the medallion of "war criminal."
- Meretz leader MK Yossi Beilin said that Peretz should resign if the only way he knows how to deal with Kassams involves killing innocent people.
- Several dozen left-wing protestors - including Olmert's daughter Dana - stood outside the home of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz last night and called for him and others to be tried for "war crimes."
Arutz Sheva reports:
- There are indications that the incident on the beach occurred 15 minutes after Israel stopped firing shells.
- None of the shells fired at the northern Gaza Strip were directed at the area in which the members of the Arab family were killed.
- There is a possibility that a misfired Kassam rocket was responsible, since a significant percentage of the Kassam rockets fired by the Palestinian terrorists land in Gaza or just miss their mark. Yesterday afternoon, one Kassam landed in a Gaza refugee camp, wounding several Arabs.
"Unfortunately, we are repeating the same mistakes we made in the past, in the way in which we deal with incidents like this, such as that of Muhammed Al-Dura."He also noted that a basic question that should be asked is why the Palestinians who control the area were so quick to remove all evidence from the scene.
But without conclusive proof, just having enough evidence to cast significant doubt on Israel's responsibility in the incident is unlikely to be enough to cause the media to retract what they have written about Israel so far.
The fact remains, as Gissin points out:
I think that there should have been lessons learned from previous incidents...The highest levels should immediately have made it publicly clear that it wasn't at all sure that we did it, and that other scenarios were likely.See also The Gaza Beach Attack: 2 Points Not Mentioned...Ever