Vatican Newspaper Assails Attack in Israel

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 6, 2005 ( Monday’s suicide attack in Israel is “another attack on the will to peace,” says the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper.

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This was the front-age headline in the Italian edition of L’Osservatore Romano, which reported on the attack of a Palestinian suicide bomber which killed five other people and wounded about 100.

“The Netanya attack takes place at a particularly delicate moment for the protagonists of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiation,” the newspaper said.

It said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon “will have to face crucial political elections in the forthcoming months on which the resumption of the peace process will probably depend.”

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack. It is the first terrorist attack of its kind since Oct. 26, when a suicide bomber of the same extremist group killed six people in Hadera.

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