Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Thursday described his Palestinian counterpart as a growing chick, saying Israel would take active operations against terrorism, Israel Radio reported.
At a special cabinet meeting, Sharon told his ministers that Palestinian leaders were "crybabies", and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas was "like a chick who hasn't grown his feathers," the radio said.
Sharon discussed with the cabinet the reaction to the suicide bus bombing in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon that claimed 16 lives, saying Israel would continue to act against terror until the Palestinians do so themselves.
Hours after the attack, Sharon said Israel would continue to fight against Palestinian terrorist groups, but he promised to make "all efforts" to reach a peace agreement with the Abbas-led Palestinian government.
In retaliation for the attack, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has instructed to resort to "all means at their disposal," including targeted killings, arrests and other operations, to attack Palestinian terrorist groups, especially the Islamic resistance movement Hamas.
According to a statement released by the Israeli army on Tuesday, Hamas has dispatched 113 suicide bombers since 1993, with 72 of them since September 2000. As a result of these suicide attacks, 227 Israelis were killed and 1,393 were wounded.
Hamas, as well as Islamic Jihad and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, has rejected a ceasefire suggestion presented by Abbas, who promised at last Wednesday's Aqaba summit to end the armed intifada(uprising).
Abbas, meanwhile, has come under unprecedented sharp criticism inside the Palestinians for failing to mention at the Aqaba summit the issue of the Palestinian prisoners, the right of return for refugees, the future of Jerusalem and the travel ban imposed on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.