A suicide bomber killed an Israeli soldier and two Palestinians at an army roadblock on Thursday as conflict in the Gaza Strip spilled over into the West Bank.
Israeli officials, blaming the attack on Islamic Jihad, said the bomber was on his way to attack a civilian target in Israel when his taxi was stopped by soldiers at a temporary checkpoint near the West Bank town of Tulkarem.
The army said the bomber detonated his explosives when he was challenged, killing an accomplice and the taxi driver as well as an Israeli officer.
Islamic Jihad has been responsible for most recent rocket fire directed at Israel from the Gaza Strip, a barrage that prompted Israel this week to establish a no-go buffer zone in the north of the territory. The rocket strikes appeared to be a response to Israeli threats to eradicate the militant organisation.
But I thought when Israel gave the Gaza Strip to the "Palestinians", there would be peace in the Middle East.