Rocket landing site in Gush Etzion
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Rocket lands near West Bank Arabs: 'Not angry with Hamas'
Gush Etzion Palestinians say want bloodshed to end, but justify rocket attacks 'when children in Gaza are being killed'; claim Netanyahu 'waged war to 'win elections'

For the second time since Operation Pillar of Defense was launched last week, a rocket fired by terrorists in Gaza toward Jerusalem landed near Palestinian villages in the West Bank's Gush Etzion region.


"We are not angry with Hamas," one Palestinian told Ynet on Tuesday


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Following the rocket attack, dozens of Palestinians clashed with IDF soldiers, who used tear gas grenades to disperse them.


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"This is a crazy situation – we are stuck between soldiers and Hamas," another Palestinian said. "When the missile hit there was a strong explosion, and now there are explosions from the gas grenades. Had the missile landed 200 meters from where it did, it would have killed dozens of people. It could also have landed on the other side, and then it would have killed soldiers."


Ismail, who works as a tile layer in Israel said, "No one wants war. We all want to live in peace."


Hassan Mashallah echoed the sentiments. "We don't war and fatalities on either side."


Hussam Habru justified Hamas' attacks. "Hamas is doing what it has to do when Israeli planes are killing children in Gaza. We are prepared to suffer and are not angry with Hamas for firing in this direction and we hope it will continue to protect the Palestinians."


Abd al-Rahim, a teacher, said the explosion shook the walls of the grocery store he owns. "Hamas is firing rockets, but this is a result of the situation. The peace that has existed here since 1993 is a false peace. A real solution is required to end the death and bloodshed on both sides," he told Ynet. "I am against killing, but we must remember that both sides are killing. (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu waged this was to win the elections."



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