Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing in anonymous telephone calls to the media. Abdel Aziz Rantisi, Hamas's most prominent spokesman, called the bombing "a natural response to the crime of the Zionist occupation" and asserted that it did not violate the unilateral cease-fire declared seven weeks ago by the groups that stage terror attacks against Israel.
Palestinian militants sounded ready for another round of warfare with Israel, and it seemed clear [Mahmoud Abbas] would not be able to satisfy Israeli and American demands, and his own commitment to disarm and disband Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and similar organizations without an armed confrontation - a step Abbas has said he does not intend to take.
1. Rescue workers carried an injured boy on a Jerusalem street last night following the explosion on a crowded bus. / AP PHOTO 2. Israeli rescue workers searched the wreckage of a bus struck by a suicide bomber yesterday in Jerusalem. Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack. / REUTERS PHOTO