Border Police arrest Palestinian for attempted attack on soldier

26-year-old suspect bearing large knife admits to trying to attack IDF personnel outside Jerusalem

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Border Police officers and IDF soldiers on Friday afternoon arrested a 26-year-old Palestinian man at the Hizme checkpoint for possession of a large knife.

The Palestinian suspect aroused suspicions after approaching the checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem wearing a long coat. Temperatures in the capital reached a high of 32° C (89° F) on Friday afternoon.

On inspecting the suspect, Border Police and IDF soldiers found a large knife on his person, and during interrogation the man reportedly confessed to planning to kill a soldier at the checkpoint.

The suspect was taken into custody for further interrogation by Israeli authorities.

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