Palestinian attackers sought Israeli residency, Shin Bet says

Several Palestinians who carried out terror attacks had recently received, or were in the process of applying for, residency status in Israel, the Shin Bet security service reveals.

Under Israeli law, West Bank Palestinians with family members who live in Israel can apply for residency status, in a process known as family unification.

“Recently it has stood out that a number of terror attacks have been carried out by those who have received this status,” the service says in a statement.

The Shin Bet also says it has noticed among attackers a pattern of underlying psychological disorders and personal problems that may have led to their violent, terrorist actions.

— Judah Ari Gross

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