Tensions are running high in Israel where a wave of recent terror attacks have put both civilians and the military on edge. The attacks began on October 23 when two Israelis, a three month old baby and twenty year old woman, were killed after being run over by a Palestinian terrorist in Jerusalem. The attacks continued into November, where on November 5 two Israelis were killed and thirteen others were seriously wounded in East Jerusalem when a Palestinian man rammed his vehicle into a crowd before exiting the car and attacking bystanders with a metal crowbar. Hours later, three Israeli soldiers were seriously wounded in a hit-and-run when a Palestinian man ran them over at a checkpoint in the West Bank.
On November 10, an Israeli soldier was critically wounded after being stabbed by a Palestinian at a Tel Aviv train station. In a separate attack later in the day, a twenty-five year old woman was stabbed to death and two others were wounded by a Palestinian in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank.
The latest attack took place near the exact spot where three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered in June. Hamas operatives claimed responsibility for the murders, sparking a summer of intense fighting. Israel officially launched a ground invasion of Gaza on July, citing the teens’ murder and months of perpetual rocket attacks from Gaza as their primary reason to go to war.
The campaign, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, resulted in the deaths of 72 Israelis and over 2,000 Gazans. The fighting came to a halt on August 26 when Israel and Hamas finally reached a ceasefire agreement. There was relative calm in the region after the ceasefire began up until this month’s string of attacks, which were accompanied by a spike in the number and severity of Palestinian and Israeli-Arab riots. The attacks and riots have left many Israelis fearing that a third Intifada could soon be on its way.
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