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Attack tests Israeli response to Hamas

A Palestinian suicide bomber set off an explosion at a sidewalk sandwich bar here, killing at least nine bystanders in an attack that could figure as the first major test of Israel’s response to terrorism since Hamas was elected to run the Palestinian government. Although Hamas has observed a year-long calm in violence during which suicide attacks have dropped sharply, the Islamic militants have said they won’t prevent other groups from launching attacks. This latest strike is likely to force Israel to decide whether to increase its level of force in retaliating now that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is controlled by Hamas, which openly supports the militarized uprising. Full Story

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