Thursday, March 6, 2008

Major terror attack in Jerusalem

I received an e-mail from David Dolan, an American Christian journalist in Israel just a few minutes ago. His update on the situation in Jerusalem is as of 3:30 ET:

10:30 PM

WE HAVE JUST HAD A MAJOR PALESTINIAN TERROR ATTACK HERE IN JERUSALEM, JUST HOURS AFTER I SENT OUT THIS EARLIER COMMENTARY TO YOU. IT IS THE FIRST MAJOR TERROR ASSAULT IN THE ISRAELI CAPITOL SINCE A CITY BUS WAS BLOWN UP BY A SUICIDE BOMBER ONE BLOCK FROM MY HOME ON FEBRUARY 22, 2004. THAT ATTACK TOOK EIGHT LIVES. THIS ASSAULT, AT A WELL KNOWN JEWISH RELIGIOUS HIGH SCHOOL LOCATED NEAR THE WESTERN ENTRANCE TO THE CITY, AROUND THE SAME NUMBER. CURRENTLY THE MAIN HIGHWAY FROM TEL AVIV INTO JERUSALEM IS CLOSED AS POLICE CARRY OUT SEARCHES. SPONTANEOUS ISRAELI DEMONSTRATIONS EXPRESSSING ANGER OVER THE PALESTINIAN TERROR ATTACK ARE TAKING PLACE IN THE CENTER OF THE CITY.

WITH TENSIONS AT A FEVER PITCH IN THE CITY, IT IS LIKELY THAT THE UNTIMELY SLAUGHTER OF SO MANY YOUNG JEWISH MALE STUDENTS WILL PROVOKE A MAJOR ISRAELI MILITARY RESPONSE. EARLIER AT SUNSET, I WATCHED FROM MY ROOF AS SMOKE AROSE FROM SEVERAL PALESTINIAN DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE EASTERN HALF OF THE CITY, APPARENTLY DESIGNED TO COINCIDE WITH THE VISIT OF AMERCIAN SECRETARY OF STATE RICE, WHO IS STILL HERE TONIGHT.

THINGS ARE DEFINITELY HEATING UP HERE TO A SIGINFICANT DEGREE, AND I SUSPECT THIS MONTH WILL NOT ONLY MARK THE BEGINNING OF A NEW VIOLENT HAMAS-LED PALESTINIAN UPRISING, BUT WILL ALSO SIGNAL A MUCH FULLER CONFLICT IN THE REGION, POSSIBLY ENDING UP IN WAR WITH HIZBULLAH, SYRIA AND IRAN. WITH THE CONFLICT SEEMINGLY ESCALATING EVERY DAY, WE DO APPRECIATE YOUR PRAYERS.


More information available from The Jersualem Post, Haaretz, Reuters, AP, AFP.

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