Bomb Explodes on Tel Aviv Bus
Israel calls it a terrorist attack, Hamas praises the bombing
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2012 5:25 AM CST
Updated Nov 21, 2012 7:51 AM CST
Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry a wounded person from the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.    (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

(Newser) – In a development that could thwart ceasefire hopes, a bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv today, leaving 21 people wounded, al-Jazeera reports. Though most suffered only minor injuries, three are in the hospital in serious condition, according to CNN. The bus was traveling along a road that abuts Israel's defense headquarters. A rep for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the bombing "a terrorist act," as did Hillary Clinton, while a spokesman for Hamas praised the attack "as a natural response to the Israeli massacres ... in Gaza."

What Reuters describes as "celebratory gunfire" sounded in Gaza City, and while it says Hamas has not claimed responsibility, another report out of Gaza says otherwise. It appears not to have been a suicide attack—witnesses report seeing a man leave the bomb and run. Police are looking for a suspect, and Israeli media reports indicate that a man has been arrested. It's the first serious bombing in Tel Aviv since 2006. Israel, meanwhile, has continued its onslaught of airstrikes on Gaza, performing 100 strikes overnight and this morning that destroyed buildings, tunnels, and bridges.

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thechickenspeaks
Nov 21, 2012 1:54 PM CST
Anyone that celebrates a bus bombing by handing out sweet cakes in a hospital and partying with guns in the streets deserves to be squashed like a bug. The middle east will be peaceful when it is used for it's intended purpose. Parking.
Glimmer_of_Hope
Nov 21, 2012 9:11 AM CST
The Arab world is openly anti-semitic and it is very telling just how many of the extreme left on here not only identify with but actively support that position
WHENWILLITALLEND
Nov 21, 2012 9:05 AM CST
Hello, It continues to puzzle me. . . .without siding with anyone....how can this area continue..since the beginning of time to be unsettled and at war with their brothers. Could the need to hate and pose war be a genetically inherited trait....that has not been bred out and probably never will. How can this area be listened to so closely but be so out of step with world opinion...Can being so sure of yourself cause you to be deaf and end in ruination. There is no unifing force here ...only hate. Small fifedoms so small their oblivion may not be noticed. The sons of David did not create a one God religion...it was in place in Egypt before the exodus, but was expelled and censored by the Priests of Amon who had lost their control. The concept of a Self Fulfilling Prophecy does not have to happen..."this destrution must happen" before the next step to the Visit. Why ? How many times will the temple be destroyed by holding onto an unyielding opinion.....are they too hard to get along withArmegedan most likely happed when it was cast into Scripture....we are unable to see the True History because we dwell on petty skirmishes like this. If it is not OIL.....something else will be found to WAR over..when an entire Religion allows it's basic truth to be subverted by what I understand to be a MAFTIA type organization similar to the old drug cartels of South America and are selling Hate and War, just as addictive as a drug and cannot be swayed that the sons of David must perish...there is no agenda for peace in who controls those who demand land.....that is not their agenda it is the destruction of David's sons .there is no peace in their vocabulary...and really at the end of the day....How many countries wrongly believe of David ARE THE CHOSEN PEOPLE and will also benefit by befriending them in this long awaited but impossible VISIT will occur.