After the terrorist who bombed a Jerusalem bus died yesterday, Hamas was quick to identify him. By doing so, The Times of Israel's Avi Issacharoff writes, the terror group is trying to take credit for the bombing without actually assuming responsibility for the horrific act:
Hamas announcement that Abdel al-Hamid Abu Srour, 19, from the al-Ayda refugee camp in the Bethlehem area, was “one of ours” fell short of a full claim of responsibility for the attack, which injured 20 other people.
The Gaza-based terror group released a photo of Abu Srour wearing a Hamas scarf, and another photo that was decorated with emblems of the Second Intifada. But the announcement on the organization’s official website opened with a quote from a “Zionist” Facebook page providing the initial information that it was Abu Srour who had carried out the attack...
While there may not have been a direct command by the Hamas leadership to plant the bomb, the message being directed to Hamas operatives from the leadership in Gaza and abroad is clear: carry out as many attacks as possible, wherever you can, in order to perpetuate the “lone wolf intifada.”
Hamas leaders are hoping that the “success” of Abu Srour will lead to copycat attacks and that other young Palestinians will draw inspiration by carrying out freelance attacks significantly more devastating than the ones we have become accustomed to in the past six months.