The blast in Gaza...
The early evidence looks like the blast in Gaza was NOT caused by the Israelies. However, I believe it is irrelevent who was responsible. Let's be clear here - the Palestinians fire rockets into Israel with the INTENT to kill as many civilians as possible. The Israelies respond - and occasionally civilians get killed. But, when that happens there is typically an Israeli investigation, lots of hand-wringing (did we go too far), and, of course, no shortage of international condemnation.
Could you EVER imagine the Paletinians holding an internal investigation into Israeli deaths? Of course not. They'd be too busy celebrating.
The incident on the beach underscores the difference between the Israelies and the Palestinians. But, it also shows the difference in how the international community looks at the two sides. The Palestinians could fire over 100 rockets from Gaza into Israel over the course of a weekend - but nary a peep from anybody. The Israelies MIGHT have (but possibly not) accidentally killed some Palestinians...and even Kofi Annan is horrified.
Actually, Israel is weak. Their response to continued rocket fire from Gaza has been tepid. Interestingly enough, Hamas has now promised to stop rocket fire - even though they claim they had a ceasefire with Israel. Has the press noticed this seeming contradiction???