A Palestinian carrying a screwdriver was arrested Tuesday in Hebron on suspicion of planning to attack IDF soldiers and stab them with the sharpened instrument.
The 21-year-old, a resident of West Bank Palestinian village of Zurif, was apprehended by border policemen after he did not comply with their orders while attempting to enter the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the city. The soldiers noticed the suspect was carrying a screwdriver behind his back and, after disarming him, detained him for questioning.
According to the IDF, the young Palestinian admitted that he had decided to stab a soldier after being detained by policemen in Beit Shemesh a few months ago, Israel Radio reported.
On Monday, Israel Police arrested five Arab minors, residents of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher, for allegedly taking part in the stone-throwing incident Thursday evening that seriously injured a two-year-old Israeli girl.
The incident came amid a surge in the number and severity of violent attacks against Israelis on both sides of the Green Line in recent months.
Earlier in November, a couple driving along a road in the West Bank near the settlement of Tekoa were wounded, and their car was destroyed, in a Molotov cocktail attack.
In mid-November, a Palestinian teenager stabbed 19-year-old soldier Eden Atias multiple times in the neck, killing him as he slept in the adjacent seat on a bus at the central bus station in Afula.
The assailant, 16-year-old Hussein Rawarda, had entered Israel illegally in search of work and apparently decided to carry out the deadly attack after failing to be hired by an Israeli employer.
Shortly before the stabbing, former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin said the Palestinians were ripe for a “Third Intifada.” However, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that recent attacks were isolated incidents, insisting that “there is no sign of a popular uprising.”
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.