Reports of celebratory gunfire are coming in from Gaza after terrorists bombed a civilian bus in Tel Aviv today.

Two bombs were planted on a bus near the Ministry of Defense, but only one exploded. It appears civilians were the target; injuries range from moderate to severe. Some ceasefire, huh?

There are reports that Hamas took credit for the attack, but wrongly called it a suicide bombing.

Shortly after the attack, Hamas tweeted:

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/271215855923249153

Other reports suggest Fatah is claiming responsibility.

https://twitter.com/NoahPollak/status/271229012335005696

More images from the scene in Tel Aviv:

Twitchy will monitor this developing story and update as more information about the attack becomes available.

Update:

The Israeli Ministry of Public Security is not yet releasing information about which terrorist group was responsible for the bus bombing.

The bomber is still at large.

Reports indicate as many as 23 people were injured.

Two teenagers sustained the worst injuries.

Update:

The White House and Hillary Clinton call the bombing a “terrorist attack.”

Are they sure it wasn’t a spontaneous protest of a YouTube video?

Update:

Another image of the bus bombed in Tel Aviv today, via the IDF:

Today’s bombing is likely have an impact on ceasefire talks.

And some wonder if the Tel Aviv attack will hasten an Israeli ground offensive against Gaza.

Update:

The IDF shares a video of Hamas TV celebrating the news that Israeli civilians were targeted in the bus bombing.

  • Paul C.

    Gaza needs to turn to glass. I think Israel should send in the 75K troops and wipe out Hamas otherwise this will never go away. I stand with ISRAEL.

    • $30423294

      I understand the rage especially on this occasion.

      However I would humbly offer a counter wish.

      I wish that the hearts of the people in Gaza will be touched and consoled this Advent by the appearance of our God who loved us so much that he humbled himself to share in our humanity. He knows their suffering. He lives in us especially during our suffering. His name is Immanuel, God-with-us!

      • Grumpa Grumpus

        @catholicscholar:

        I understand you, agree somewhat with the sentiment expressed…

        But to my understanding from Bible Study, Heavenly Father has made it clear that He’ll take up His Chosen People’s cause completely only if they meet certain requirements.

        From my readings, The People.of Israel must turn to him completely. I suspect in their case that would mean returning completely to the teachings of Moses, (…because we know from revelation their conversion as a people won’t come until The Lord again sets foot on Olivet). By returning to the teachings of Moses they would have to completely reject the filth of Progressivism/Socialism with it’s denial of human dignity and moral/mental chastity.

        The other way would be to completely lay down their arms and rely— with complete faith— on G-d’s Protecting Arm.

        Understand, please, that I don’t presume to speak for Deity here. I’m just drawing the two patterns from the Old Testament that repeat throughout it. I’m certain your understanding in this is greater than mine.

        I do know that Progressivism is a spruced-up Cult of Moloch with the abortatorium standing in as the furnace.

        Many people admit they’re perplexed that the over-the-top unhinged behavior of Progressives when you try to reasonably engauge them on abortion and confess that they’re not only intimidated but confused and wonder why it is that any talk of any kind of limits on abortion— even the most modest or logical and reasonable limitations — is greeted with unhinged, foaming-mouthed, blackened and blasted scorched-earth viciousness.

        The answer, of course, is you are threatening their religion and they are True Believers!

        Any study of Progressivism will quickly reveal— and deeper study confirm— that for all their talk of being “New Men, above the superstitions and myths that plagued lesser peoples. Followers only of Science and unbelievers in things supernatural, or divine or demonic!” (…as one of their 1930s pamphlets put it…), they are even more superstitious than your average Ntacqik tribesman of the 17th century.

        Their beliefs have as much or more unsubstantiation than The Bible’s peoples.

        Until the Progressives infiltrated Academia it was well known and well published that The Bible was the best source for locating.”digs”.

        That these digs were the cities they were thought to be were later verified by evidence from Roman captures of ancient artifacts has all but been buried. That they found both Sodom and Gomorrah, right where they were supposed to be by Biblical account, later confirmed by the digs themselves, never made the news.

        And then you have ignoramus’s going on the forums calling the O.T. “a book of myths”… well what’s to be expected? They’re defending their religion.

        Sorry this is so long & I’m ending so abruptly. Very tired.

        • $30423294

          Thank you for the incredibly thoughtful reply. I too sympathize very much with your ideas! Very clear analysis on your part, I tend to agree.

    • http://twitter.com/Sincerly_oo Sincerely —

      The is the result of Israel withdrawing from Gaza completely in 2005 as a sacrifice to “peace.”

      • Grumpa Grumpus

        @Sincerely—:

        …for Musslemen’s piece.
        And the Proggie Ego.

        That misspelling has persisted for years.

        Cheers.

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    Pray for Israel.

  • nc

    If you want to make a donation to those wonderful Israeli first responders, this is their website. They are very established, I have been contributing to them for years.

    http://www.afmda.org/

    American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) is the largest supporter of MDA worldwide. AFMDA is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our federal tax ID number is 13-1790719.

    (Magen David Adom – MDA – is the Israeli version of the Red Cross)

  • $30423294

    Shorter MSM: “We’re a little scared of these terrorists. Perhaps if we signal our support for them, they will not hurt us.”

  • $30423294

    May I engage in a brief rant?

    It was a terrible decision by the media to start calling terrorists “extremists.”

    First, if the usage of this substitute term was created to remove the stigma of the word “terrorist” and thus win the goodwill of these people, that experiment has clearly failed.

    Second, to call terrorists “extremists” is an insult to extremists. St. Francis of Assisi was an extremist (you should get to know him!). And he was a force for enormous good in this world.

    Third, by the bait-and-switch maneuver of “terrorist” into “extremist”, the state run media has the power to much more easily smear any group they disagree with. It is outrageous to call a church congregation a “terrorist” group, but it’s a little easier to say a church takes “extreme” views and thus brand them by connotation as terrorists.

    Fourth, while inevitable, it’s still vexing that the word “extremist” is never applied to the naked lawlessness on the left. Never forget that Occupy Wall Street had to explicitly designate rape-free zones. Why was this even necessary? We all know why. To a civilized human being, this on its face demonstrates that OWS was an “extremist” group by even the thinnest application of state run media “standards.”

    Leftists are masters at perverting our language. And it’s never, ever for the purpose of making society better. It is always for the purpose of smearing decent Americans.

    • Joseph Phillips

      Excellent point. Terrorist cause terror – they are terrorists, not militia, not extremists, not heavily-armed civilians. So tired of the PC spew. Most TV news is propaganda now.

  • CombatDiver

    The religion of peace at its finest. I stand with Israel.

  • Darrell G. Walton

    I wish Israel would just end it once and for all! Israel have faith in your favor with Almighty God and be Palestine’s victim no more!

  • http://twitter.com/KALKAM71 KALKAM

    Israel, I respect your restraint and all but “do unto others…”

    Please START targeting their civilians already…

  • walterc

    According to the koran, this will only end when the entire world is living under the caliphate, or islam is destroyed (or reformed, but that’s never going to happen, you can’t modify the word of God, it’s the word of God). So either fight to win or surrender. Winning hearts and minds is not going to get it done.

  • walterc

    According to the koran, this will only end when the entire world is living under the caliphate, or islam is destroyed (or reformed, but that’s never going to happen, you can’t modify the word of God, it’s the word of God). So either fight to win or surrender. Winning hearts and minds is not going to get it done.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    What’s the difference between a moderate and a terrorist?

    Terrorist slit infant’s throats on video and self-destruct via bomb-vests.

    Moderates slit infant’s throats, but thoughtfully leave them in their cribs and throw bombs onto busses.

    Terrorist hope for their 72virgin camels in the afterlife; Moderates are happy with the one they romance in this life.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    What’s the difference between a moderate and a terrorist?

    Terrorist slit infant’s throats on video and self-destruct via bomb-vests.

    Moderates slit infant’s throats, but thoughtfully leave them in their cribs and throw bombs onto busses.

    Terrorist hope for their 72virgin camels in the afterlife; Moderates are happy with the one they romance in this life.

  • Lin Jarvis

    Etta Alin in Israel: I,replied to your message earlier today but I can not find the thread. If you,read this please reply. I,pray you,are safe and that Hamas will respect the cease fire.

  • Lin Jarvis

    Etta Alin in Israel: I,replied to your message earlier today but I can not find the thread. If you,read this please reply. I,pray you,are safe and that Hamas will respect the cease fire.

  • http://OccupyBawlStreet.com OccupyBawlStreet.com

    the “thing” about guns fired into the air is that the bullets have to come down somewhere; how many Gazans killed by such gunfire over the years?? This is why NYPD had (has?) fixed posts(cops) on apartment rooftops on New Years Eve.

  • http://OccupyBawlStreet.com OccupyBawlStreet.com

    the “thing” about guns fired into the air is that the bullets have to come down somewhere; how many Gazans killed by such gunfire over the years?? This is why NYPD had (has?) fixed posts(cops) on apartment rooftops on New Years Eve.