JERUSALEM, Israel -- In the latest in a recent rash of "nationalistically motivated" (i.e., terror) attacks against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, an unknown assailant hurled a makeshift explosive device at a school bus Friday morning as it traveled near Jenin. No students were injured and the bus wasn't damaged. IDF troops searched the area.
Last weekend, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who is based in Gaza, called on Palestinians to abandon peace talks with Israel and launch a third intifada.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said despite the recent "contagious wave of events," Israel is not on the threshold of a third intifada (armed uprising).
"This is a contagious wave of events and we will act decisively against it," Ya'alon told reporters earlier this week during a visit to Hebron. "However, there are no signs of an uprising or third intifada in terms of motivation or organization, but we will prepare for any escalation there might be."
On November 20, 2000, just three months into the second intifada that continued through the end of 2004, a terror bombing on a school bus killed two children and injured many others. Three siblings from the Cohen family lost their legs in the attack. Several years later, their mom gave birth to another daughter. They named her "Gili" (my joy), saying she brought joy to their family, which had suffered so much at the hands of the terrorists.