Only Hamas tells the truth, folks…. just in case you had some doubt:
For Immediate Release
Office of the White House Press Secretary
April 17, 2006
Press Briefing by Scott McClellan
James S. Brady Briefing Room
MR. MCCLELLAN: Before I go to questions, I want to begin with one statement. We condemn the terrorist attack today in Tel Aviv in the strongest possible terms. It is a despicable act of terrorism for which no excuse or justification is possible. We express our condolences to those who were injured, to the families of those who were killed and to the people and government of Israel.
The burden of responsibility for preventing terrorist attacks such as this one rests with the Palestinian Authority. We have noted reactions by several Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas, that defend, or even applaud, the barbaric acts of terror committed in Tel Aviv today, as we have noted President Abbas’s quick denunciation of it. Defense or sponsorship of terrorist acts by officials of the Palestinian cabinet will have the gravest effects on relations between the Palestinian Authority and all states seeking peace in the Middle East.
A Palestinian government that encourages or tolerates terrorism against men, women and children not only increases the level of violence against Israelis, but can, as well, only do great harm to the interests of the Palestinian people and ensure its own further isolation.
We reiterate that the United States will have no contact with such a government, and we call upon all states to demand that it abandon its support for terror.
President Abbas: We Condemn Tel Aviv Operation
RAMALLAH, April 17, 2006 (WAFA – PLO news agency) – President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Monday today’s operation against Israeli civilians in Tel Aviv.
Upon his arrival from the Jordanian capital Amman to Ramallah, President Abbas told reporters that “this operation is totally condemned,” adding it harms the Palestinian people.
He added that the security apparatuses will never stop pursuing the perpetrators of these attacks and they will do their best to thwart them.
Regarding the Israeli escalation, President Abbas said “this escalation is continued and it is unjustified,” pointing out that such operations give Israel pretexts to continue its escalation.
Fateh Condemns Tel Aviv Operation
RAMALLAH, April 17, 2006 (WAFA – PLO news agency) – Fateh Central Committee condemned Monday the today’s operation in Tel Aviv, denying any responsibility for the attack.
A press release by the Committee said that it condemns targeting civilians inside Israel because “such an operations provide pretexts for Israel to continue its aggressions and carry out its unilateral plans.”
It added that al-Aqsa Brigades of Fateh are not linked to this attack in any way, asserting that any party that announces responsibility for the attack is not from Fateh or al-Aqsa Brigades.