Suicide Bomber Kills Himself In Gaza

By Julie Stahl | July 7, 2008 | 8:08 PM EDT

Jerusalem ( - A Palestinian suicide bomber riding a bicycle blew himself up on Thursday after crashing into an Israeli army outpost in the Gaza Strip. One soldier was lightly wounded in the attack, which claimed the life of the Palestinian youth.

There were a number of shooting attacks on Israeli targets throughout the Gaza Strip and West Bank overnight, despite a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian Security leaders, who are trying to calm things down. Israel responded with tank fire on Beit Jala after shots were fired again at the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo.

According to Israeli officials, the meetings were disappointing.

The situation on the ground seemed to quiet down a bit on Wednesday but officials said that may be because of heavy rain falling in the area - not because tensions had eased.

Meanwhile, PA Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah organization distributed a leaflet in Ramallah calling for the uprisings to continue and for attacks to be carried out within Israel.

Hamas leaders also admitted that "spontaneous" daily protests were being organized by a steering committee in which Fatah, Hamas and other Islamic militant groups are involved.

In other developments, neither Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak nor Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat seems inclined to accept President Clinton's invitation to go to Washington for separate talks aimed at ending month-long clashes and returning the two sides to the negotiating table.

Clinton said on Wednesday that he believed the "violence can be dramatically reduced."
"I think that there are probably some people within the Palestinian territories and probably some people within Israel that are not within total control of Chairman Arafat or even the Israeli government," Clinton said. "But I do think Chairman Arafat can dramatically reduce the level of violence," he added.