Following the gruesome terror attack in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof on Tuesday morning, in which four Israelis were killed and at least eight others were wounded, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency security situation assessment at his office, saying that Israel “will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers.”
Netanyahu also blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for inciting the violence that led to the attack.
“This is the direct result of incitement being led by Hamas and Abbas, incitement which the international community is irresponsibly ignoring,” Netanyahu said.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in London ahead of a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also denounced the attack. Read more at Israel HaYom.
Four people were killed in a terror attack at a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighborhood Tuesday morning.
Police said two attackers from East Jerusalem entered the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood at 7 a.m. and began attacking worshipers at morning prayers with a gun, a meat cleaver, and an ax.
Both terrorists were killed by police within seven minutes.
Israel Police said there were six injured, including two policemen, one of whom was seriously injured, and another moderately hurt.
A man who prays at the synagogue told The Times of Israel that one of the victims was American, and another British. That report was not immediately confirmed. Read more at The Times of Israel.
A 17-year-old boy who was critically wounded in Wednesday’s car-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem died of his wounds on Friday, raising to two the number of people killed in the attack.
Yeshiva student Shalom Ba’adani had been on his way to the Western Wall when 48-year-old Ibrahim al-Akary plowed into pedestrians at a light rail station along the seam-line between East and West Jerusalem. Ba’adani, a nephew of prominent Shas Rabbi Shimon Ba’adani, sustained serious head injuries and was treated at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem before succumbing to his wounds.
Ba’adani was laid to rest late Friday morning at a funeral attended by senior Shas figures.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack in which a Border Policeman was also killed and more than a dozen other people were injured. The Islamist terror organization, which rules the Gaza Strip, also called for a Third Intifada in Jerusalem. Read more at The Times of Israel.
The flap over an Obama administration official’s obscene reference to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not going away, especially given the administration’s total lack of interest in identifying the senior official who spoke in that manner, giving an adequate apology or actually condemning the comment (as opposed to calling it “counterproductive”).
As bad as the insult was, worse was the official’s mocking of Netanyahu for not “[pulling] the trigger” and boasting “now it’s too late” for Israel to attack Iran. The comment is both wrong (Israel is fully capable of acting, as are the Sunni states) and can only give comfort to the mullahs, for whom the only deterrent may well be an Israeli strike. (As an aside, some time ago I had a cordial debate with Jeffrey Goldberg arguing that Obama would never act militarily against Iran; he insisted Obama would. His interview with the unnamed official unfortunately proved him to have been horribly wrong.) Read more at The Washington Post.