A bomb presumably planted by Palestinian Arab terrorists exploded on a public bus in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam yesterday, but miraculously no one was hurt.
The first miracle came in the form of passenger David Pappo, who had the presence of mind to not only notice a stray bag near the back door of the bus, but to actually examine said bag. Upon opening it, Pappo discovered a pressure cooker with electrical wires sticking out - an obvious “red flag,” if ever there was one.
Pappo immediately notified driver Michael Yoger, who stopped the bus and ordered everyone off. Three minutes later, the bomb exploded while being worked on by a police sapper. That’s where the second miracle comes into play. Despite the fact that the pressure cooker was packed with 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of explosives, the sapper was completely uninjured and the bus suffered relatively minor damage.
No Palestinian group claimed credit for the bombing, but several praised this latest attack on Israel.
“We welcome the operation in Tel Aviv,” Hamas spokesperson Moshir al-Masri said in a message broadcast on Al Aqsa TV. “The Jews need to pay a price… The incident proves that opposition can reach deep into the Zionist territory.”
“This is the appropriate way to deal with Israel,” senior Islamic Jihad official Ahmed al-Mudallal told Al Aqsa TV. Al-Mudallal said that the Palestinians were “on the verge” of a new mass terrorist uprising.
In fact, violence against Israeli Jews has been on the rise for months. Just hours after the bus bombing, Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon. The rocket damaged a bus stop used by local school children.
Over the past year, Jews living in Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”) and in Jerusalem have been subjected to dozens of attacks each month, mostly on area highways. Most of the attacks fail to garner any media attention or elicit a military response due to the lack of casualties.
Nevertheless, Israeli political and military leaders have marked the uptick in violence and are of the opinion that a fresh Palestinian uprising, or intifada, is on the horizon, just as Al-Mudallal threatened.