Israel will seize and hold Palestinian lands until terror attacks against its civilians end, the government said early Wednesday, responding to a suicide bombing that killed 19 bus passengers and wounded 55 others.
Tuesday's blast by a Palestinian who exploded a nail-studded bomb was the deadliest in Jerusalem in six years and the 70th suicide attack since the current round of violence erupted nearly two years ago.
Israel responded by sending tanks into the West Bank town of Jenin and its refugee camp, later announcing plans to seize and hold Palestinian territory until the attacks are halted.
An Israeli statement, issued after late-night consultations between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ( news - web sites) and his top Cabinet ministers, said Israel was changing its response to "murderous acts of terror."
The statement said Israel will capture "Palestinian Authority ( news - web sites) territory. These areas will be held by Israel as long as terror continues. ...Additional acts of terror will lead to taking of additional areas."
(HAD TOTTERING INDIA SUCH BRAVE LEADERS SHE WOULD NEVER HAVE RETURNED EAST BENGAL AFTER ITS CAPTURE IN 1972 AND BY NOW SHE WOULD HAVE RECOVERED THE WHOLE OF NORTH KASHMIR AND PAKISTAN.
IT APPEARS THAT INDIAN LIFE, PERISHING IN SOUTH KASHMIR EVERY DAY, IS DIRT CHEAP FOR THE RULERS OF INDIA.)