Abbas, like his mentor, the late Yasser Arafat, has been projecting a moderate and pragmatic image abroad, while but the PA's state-controlled media depicts the suicide bomber as a hero fighting for Allah.
The daily Al-Ayyam termed Badran’s family “the family of the Shahid." The paper also referred to the bomber as an “istish-shahid” - a shahid who sought death for Allah and succeeded.
The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jedida printed a giant color photo of the terrorist on its front page, with a caption proudly calling him the “Executor of the Tel Aviv Operation.”
PA officials interviewed in Arabic expressed dissatisfaction over the attack - not because of its terrorist nature, but because the timing was bad.
Hasan Asfour, a member of the PA parliament, told PA television, “This is the first action that no one is happy about. Everyone felt that the timing was not [right] and there was absolutely no need for it... It is not because the resistance against the occupation is a mistake, but because the nature, location and timing of the action are a mistake."