A female would-be suicide bomber, recently released under the prisoner exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, encouraged a crowd of Gaza schoolchildren to follow her violent example. Wafa al-Biss was serving a 12-year sentence for an attempted suicide bombing in 2005, in which she exploited permits allowing her to receive medical care at an Israeli hospital.
"I hope you will walk the same path we took and God willing, we will see some of you as martyrs," al-Biss told a group of children, before mentioning her plans to pursue her educational goal of a degree in psychology. "We will pursue our struggle and (Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu) knows that. Arrests will not deter us from our strong battles and confrontation in the face of Zionist arrogance in the land of Palestine."
The children responded by chanting, "We will give souls and blood to redeem the prisoners. We will give souls and blood for you, Palestine."
Meanwhile, the Israeli army prevented a stabbing attack Wednesday by a Palestinian woman in the town of Gush Etzion. The woman pulled the knife as she approached a group of Israeli soldiers and civilians, and shouted "Allahu Akhbar" and "Kill the Jews." She was subdued before anyone was hurt.
She told security forces at the scene that she had waited until after the prisoner exchange deal to carry out her attack, ostensibly to avoid interrupting the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners for the one kidnapped Israeli soldier.