Attack Won't Derail Talks: Israel

Deadly seminary attack draws international condemnation
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2008 4:55 AM CST
Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest outside the site of a shooting attack in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 6, 2008. A gunman entered the library of a rabbinical seminary and opened fire on a crowded nighttime study...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Israel has vowed that US-backed peace talks with the Palestinians will continue despite an attack on a Jerusalem seminary last night that killed eight students, the BBC reports. A Palestinian gunman fired into a group of 80 Jewish students before he was shot dead. Israel and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas both slammed Hamas for hailing the shootings as a "natural reaction" to Israeli missile attacks on Gaza that claimed 120 Palestinian lives. 

"Those celebrating these murders have shown themselves to be the enemies not only of Israel, but the enemies of peace and reconciliation," said an Israeli government spokesman. The UN failed to agree on a statement condemning the shootings after Libya demanded it be coupled with a condemnation of the Gaza deaths. (Read more Mahmoud Abbas stories.)