Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Ynet Tuesday shooting attack was "not meant to foil direct peace talks, and said the negotiations had failed even before starting. This is a natural response by the Palestinian resistance to the enemy's crimes, and is proof that despite the resistance's persecution by the security services and despite Israel's crimes, the Palestinians are capable of responding to these crimes."
Barhoum refused to comment on the Palestinian security sources' estimate that Hamas was behind the attack. "Things are not as they were described by the authority's security forces." (Ali Waked)