A truck rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers just after they stepped out of a bus in Jerusalem, killing four people and wounding 15 other victims. The truck driver was shot dead last weekend.
Israeli PM, Netanyahu visited the attack site and said there was strong evidence the suspect was a supporter of ISIS and suggested the link to previous truck attacks in Nice and Berlin. Netanyahu offered no evidence to support the accusation.
While Israel recruited several Palestinians, who allegedly traveled to Syria to join ISIS, the terror group is not known to have any serious presence in Israel or the Palestinian areas, such as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Israel has said that two gunmen that carried out a deadly attack in Tel-Aviv last June were also inspired by ISIS.
Israel, which has completely surrounded and controls the Gaza Strip is pledged to destroy the Palestinians living as cattle locked up in Egyptian territory along the Mediterranean coastline. Overall some 7 million Palestinians have been deported to refugee camps in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey.
Paramedics who arrived at the scene of the truck attack described 10 bodies trapped beneath the truck. The attacker was from an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem. The incident marks the first Israeli deaths in three months.
Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 40 Israeli’s and two Americans. During that time the Israeli security forces shot and killed 230 Palestinians during clashes. The Palestinians and human rights groups have accused Israel for using excessive force in most confrontations.
The Palestinians claim, that the violence is driven by a Zionist military campaign, which is the result of nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation and dwindling hopes for an independent state.
CBS / AA Magnum News 2017.