The Times of Israel liveblogged Monday’s events as they unfolded.
IDF names suspect in August terror attack
Three Palestinians were arrested for an attack in which a soldier was moderately wounded two months ago.
Asad Ibrahim Salah Asad (18) and two minors from the Aida refugee camp hurled an improvised explosive device at an IDF post on August 19, near Beit Jala.
They were arrested the same day in a joint operation of the IDF, Shin Bet security service and Israel Police. Their arrest has only been made public today.
During their investigation, the perpetrators confessed to committing the attack. They also admitted to participating in additional terror activities, such as the manufacturing and hurling of IEDs. The findings of the investigation have been submitted to the Military Prosecutor in Judea, in order to issue indictments against the terrorists.
West Bank council head threatened on Facebook
Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, files a complaint to the police over a death threat and incitement against him on social media.
Last night Palestinians posted threats on Dagan’s personal Facebook page calling for attacks on him and his family.
Among the comments posted on his wall:
“I swear by Allah, you and your state are doomed. Just as Allah promised, Palestine will be free. OUR Palestine.”
“You started the evil, and you will bear the responsibility. We have exposed where you are, and my people have placed a number of bombs there. When you see my post, your house will probably blow up within minutes.”
As a result of these words, Dagan was classified as a “threatened individual” by the authorities.
The police updated the Samaria security officer and the Jerusalem police and ordered them to increase their vigilance around him.
Dagan said: “Those posts are part of the same terror that expects us to give up: To give up the land of Israel, to give up on life here. To give up the protest. We’re here to stay and nothing will move us. I’m not in fear for my life, and I will continue the struggle for our security with all of the Jewish nation.”
2 hurt in stabbing attack, attacker neutralized
Two people were wounded in a stabbing attack near Ammunition Hill in northern Jerusalem.
A female attacker was neutralized at the scene.
More details will follow.
Shots fired at scene of stabbing in Jerusalem
Magen David Adom paramedics are at the scene in Ammunition Hill.
Shots were heard at the scene. Channel 2 says one person was wounded by gunfire.
Terrorist shot to death at scene
The female terrorist who stabbed two people in Jerusalem is shot and killed by police fire, the police report.
Shots heard at the scene were those fired by police.
Attacker had accomplice — reports
Hebrew media is reporting that the attack involved two stabbers, a woman and a man.
One person, a police officer, is lightly wounded after being stabbed in his upper body.
The condition of the attackers is not clear. An initial police report indicated the woman was killed, but media reports indicate she may be seriously wounded but alive.
The condition of the second attacker is not known.
Man stabbed is Border Police officer
The man wounded in the terror attack today is approximately 20 years old. He is in light condition with wounds to the upper body and is being taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital for treatment, Magen David Adom says.
The man is a Border Police officer.
Play by play of Jerusalem attack
A first account of what happened during the terror attack in Jerusalem over the last hour:
A Border Police officer saw a woman walking toward him on Haim Bar Lev Street. She raised his suspicion and he asked her to stop.
The woman continued walking and when she saw him approach her, she turned around with a knife in her hand and stabbed him.
The officer cocked his weapon to “neutralize her.” She was shot and is hospitalized.
A previous police statement said the woman was killed at the scene. She wasn’t.
‘Cops can be anywhere in Jerusalem in under 2 minutes’
More than half the detainees in violent terror attacks from recent days are minors, the country’s top cop tells a Knesset panel.
Acting police chief Bentzi Sau gives the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee a briefing on events of the recent days, and says that to date some 300 people have been arrested for hurling rocks or Molotov cocktails.
The large number of minors is problematic since by Israeli law they cannot be tried for their actions in most circumstances.
Sixty-eight police officers have been wounded by shooting, rocks and Molotov cocktails, Sau tells the panel. He says the force is implementing a new strategy according to which police officers take the front line in altercations with Palestinian rioters.
Some 2,000 cops were moved to the Jerusalem District in recent weeks. Police are determined to keep away from the Temple Mount any individual who will try to “inflame the territory,” Sau says. He says that 54 Jews and 62 Arabs have restraining orders from the Temple Mount and the Old City.
The police chief says that because of the large number of cops in the capital, response time to any event is now between seconds and a minute and a half at most.
The Knesset committee discussion was attended by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri and other senior officers from the district.
Yesh Atid forgoes faction meeting, visits Old City instead
The Yesh Atid party decided to forgo the traditional faction meeting at the opening of the Knesset session and travel to the Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem to express support for the security services who are “working day and night to protect the people of Israel,” a statement from the party says.
“At the opening of the winter session of the Knesset Yesh Atid decided to meet here, at the Lions’ Gate, the scene of yet another terrorist attack,” the statement reads.
Party leader Yair Lapid offered his full support to the security services for their rapid response to the terror attack this morning, “The terrorist who tried to stab security forces was shot and killed; that is the right response. That should be the operating model; whoever comes at us with a knife needs to know that they will be shot. The field is full of security forces and we need to know that the aim is to calm, to calm the situation.”
Lapid criticized the members of the government and the Knesset who he said are exploiting the wave of terror attacks for political gain and said, “We are starting the winter session of the Knesset today by removing our motion of No Confidence in the government because this isn’t the time for politics. I deplore those who are trying to exploit the current situation for cheap political points or to garner credit, this isn’t the time. Our model should be unity internally and strength externally. That’s how we should work, that’s what Israel needs now, unity and a sense that everyone stands together in the face of a common enemy.”
Hamas bans Gazans from approaching border
Hamas issues an order calling to prevent Gaza Palestinians from approaching the border fence with Israel.
Last week, at least six Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded when they approached the border fence.
— Hazem Balousha (@iHaZeMi) October 12, 2015
Stabbing in Pisgat Ze’ev, in Jerusalem’s north
A stabbing attack is underway in Pisgat Ze’ev, a neighborhood in northern Jerusalem.
A youth of 16 was stabbed and is in critical life-threatening condition.
There are two attackers.
One terrorist was shot and badly wounded. Another was caught.
More details will follow.
More details on Pisgat Ze’ev attack
Magen David Adom paramedics are trying to resuscitate the victim of a stabbing attack in Pisgat Ze’ev. There is another wounded person at the scene, in extremely serious condition.
There were two attackers.
Reports regarding the victims, attackers and severity of injuries are unclear.
A Channel 2 analyst says there are two Jewish victims one 16 and one in his early twenties.
The 2 Palestinian attackers are also wounded.
Pisgat Ze’ev terrorists both dead
Both terrorists in Pisgat Ze’ev are dead, a Channel 2 reporter says.
Their victims are in very serious condition.
Attackers in Pisgat Ze’ev were reportedly very young
A Channel 2 correspondent says the two stabbers who carried out the terror attack in Pisgat Ze’ev are “13-14 years old, something like that.”
Details of the events are still not totally clear.
Both attackers held knives, according to Channel 2.
Watch video from scene of Ammunition Hill attack
Watch footage of the aftermath of the terror attack in Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill.
Warning: Viewer discretion is advised, due to a fleeting shot of a dead body:
BREAKING VIDEO 2: Two Israelis wounded, 1 in critical condition, after being stabbed by Arab terroristin Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/9iygZmihyp
— Israel News Feed (@IsraelHatzolah) October 12, 2015
Knesset to open winter session just hours after terror attacks
The Knesset opens its winter session soon, with an address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu will address Israel’s parliament just hours after two terror attacks in which three Israelis were wounded.
In Ammunition Hill, a Palestinian girl, said to be 16 years old, stabbed a Border Police officer, who responded quickly and shot her. She was badly wounded.
In Pisgat Ze’ev, two boys, aged 13 or 14 according to Channel 2, stabbed two Israelis, 16 and 20 years old, in what looks to be a coordinated two-pronged stabbing attack.
One of the Jewish victims is in critical condition, and the other is in very serious condition.
Earlier today, acting police chief Bentzi Sau told the Knesset’s Internal Affairs Committee that more than half of the number of people detained by police for terror attacks are minors.
Victim, 13, was riding his bike in the street
One of the victims of the Pisgat Ze’ev attack,a 13-year-old, is in life-threatening condition.
Earlier reports said he was 16. He was taken unconscious and on artificial respiration to emergency surgery at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
He was riding his bicycle when he was attacked by a Palestinian terrorist of the same age or just a year older.
The second victim is 25 years old. He was stabbed by a second attacker.
One of the murderers was gunned down by a police officer. The other was hit by a car while escaping, and also taken to hospital in serious condition.
An earlier report said both terrorists were killed at the scene.
Initial reports of possible terror attack in Kiryat Gat
Initial reports are coming in about a possible terrorist attack in Kiryat Gat, where a soldier was stabbed last week by a Palestinian.
Police and emergency services are en route.
PM addresses Knesset, Joint List MKs walk out
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets up to speak before the Knesset and the Joint (Arab) List lawmakers walk out of the plenary, Army Radio’s Ido Ben-Baji reports.
Netanyahu says that he’s ordered a massive call-up to reinforce security in Jerusalem and the West Bank in response to the uptick in terrorist attacks on Israelis.
Netanyahu says at the Knesset that “our enemies have not yet learned.”
“A hundreds years of terrorism. A hundred years in which they try to destroy the Zionist enterprise,” the prime minister tells the Knesset in the opening address of the winter session of the Knesset. “Terrorism will not defeat us.”
Kiryat Gat stabbing a criminal incident
The previously reported incident in Kiryat Gat was pronounced a criminal, rather than terrorist, incident. Three people were stabbed outside a bank in the city.
‘No limit’ to terrorists’ cruelty, Jerusalem mayor says
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat reacts to the latest Jerusalem terrorist attack, in which two teenagers were attacked and seriously injured, saying, “To our shock & horror, there is no limit to the cruelty of the murderers who attack innocent young children on their way home from school.”
To our shock & horror, there is no limit to the cruelty of the murderers who attack innocent young children on their way home from school.
— Mayor Nir Barkat (@NirBarkat) October 12, 2015
The police, meanwhile, have upped patrols around the city in the wake of three attacks thus far today in the capital.
Heightened security continues in Jerusalem after three attacks so far today. Police patrolling public areas across the city.
— Micky Rosenfeld (@MickyRosenfeld) October 12, 2015
‘We want coexistence’ between Jew and Arab, PM says
Netanyahu says he’s working to increase sentences for rock throwers and to outlaw the Islamic Movement in Israel, and that “there will be no immunity for those who incite” to violence.
“Yesterday we approved minimum prison terms for minors and their parents” over acts of hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails, says Netanyahu.
“We want coexistence” between Arabs and Jews in Israel, he says.
“Terrorism does not come from frustration over the lack of a diplomatic solution,” Netanyahu says, but frustration at the existence of the state.
He’s heckled by Meretz MK Issawi Freij, an Israeli Arab. Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein calls Freij to order.
Netanyahu’s speech devolves into shouting match
Pandemonium in the Knesset as Netanyahu’s speech leads to a shouting match between opposition and coalition MKs.
Meretz MK Issawi Freij is issued a third warning and is escorted from the Knesset plenary.
PM: MKs inciting murder not worthy of place in parliament
Netanyahu continues, saying that MKs who call for murder are not worthy of being members of parliament.
He addresses Israel’s Arab minority saying: “You see what is happening all around us. We will withstand any challenge, but I call on you to repel the radicals among you.”
Abbas ‘runs from negotiations,’ Netanyahu says
Turning to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Netanyahu says that the Palestinian leader “runs from negotiations like from a fire.”
Concerning regional issues, Netanyahu reiterates his commitment to preventing Iranian and Syrian arms from reaching Hezbollah and his opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran. He warns that the Islamic State group is growing stronger in Syria and in Egypt’s lawless Sinai Peninsula.
Israel’s tech sector, global ties booming, PM says
Netanyahu touts Israel’s prominence as a global tech giant, saying that in 2014 it got 10% of global investment in cyber security, whereas in 2015 that figure has already jumped to 20%.
“We are expanding our relations with Arab states in the region” as well as in Africa, South America and Asia, he says.
PM calls for criminal investigation of MK Zoabi for ‘incitement’
During his speech Netanyahu lashes out at Arab MKs for “incitement” but singles out MK Hanin Zoabi, who is absent, for not differentiating between soldiers, civilians, men and women, and calls for a criminal investigation against her.
Herzog says separating from Palestinians ‘is only choice’
During his Knesset speech, following Netanyahu, opposition leader Isaac Herzog says separating from the Palestinians is mandatory.
“We have no other choice,” he says. What the right is offering “is Masada,” referring to the historic mass suicide by Jews who were besieged by the Romans.
Herzog lashes out at the right, saying that if he were prime minister, the right would be holding protests.
“You will not teach me about patriotism,” he says, adding “that we are all fighting terrorism,” but he will never consider “joining this failed government.”
‘I will not stand by as Israel becomes Israstine,’ says Herzog
“I will not look idly by as Israel marches toward becoming Israstine,” Herzog says, using a phrase coined by deceased Libyan leader Gaddafi.
Netanyahu is leading the country toward a reality of a binational state, Herzog charges.
He highlights that all the events of the recent future have occurred under a right-wing government and after many years of the right ruling the country.
Herzog heckled extensively during speech
Herzog is widely heckled during his speech.
Prime Minister Netanyahu is seen laughing with those sitting next to him, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Transportation Minister Katz.
Report: Woman tries to stab cab driver in Tel Aviv
A cab driver in Tel Aviv tells police a passenger in his taxi, a woman, tried to stab him.
Details of the case are still unclear.
Zahalka leaves Knesset panel discussion on Temple Mount
Joint List MK Jamal Zahalka was “escorted out” of a Knesset committee session which deteriorated to a shouting match.
The incident took place at a discussion of recent events in Jerusalem at the Internal Affairs Committee, where the events of the past month were discussed.
Zahalka says the discussion is “stupid” and “evil” and accuses Prime Minister Netanyahu, who, he says, “lit the fire” at the Temple Mount and is now “pouring oil” on the flames instead of “a bucket of water.”
Netanyahu “knows what he is doing in al-Aqsa,” Zahalka claims, and is doing this purposefully in order to provoke the Palestinian street.
Zahalka says, “We didn’t call for violence, we are the victims of violence.”
It is not clear whether he was expelled from the session or stormed out of it.
One Pisgat Zeev terrorist is 13, other was 17
The terrorists who stabbed two Israeli teens earlier today are both minors.
One is 17 years old, and he was shot and killed at the scene. The other, 13, was badly wounded.
Jerusalem District Commander Moshe Edri said: “I wish to commend the citizens who showed alertness and determination and made the terrorists run, and of course the officers who acted professionally and determinedly against the terrorist, preventing continuing harm to innocents.”
In a statement, Israel Police calls on the public to act responsibly and with restraint, to listen to the directive of police officers and to avoid protesting without receiving a police permit, since this makes officers move from keeping the public safe to dealing with the protests.
Middle East Quartet cancels planned visit to Israel
A delegation of representatives of the Middle East Quartet – comprising the members from US, Russia, the EU and the UN – was expected to arrive in Israel this week but canceled its trip following a request from PM Netanyahu, Haaretz reports.
The delegation was expected to hold meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah and to discuss bilateral steps to restore trust and de-escalate violence.
Haaretz quotes a senior Israeli official and a senior diplomat from one of the member entities of the Quartet as sayng the trip was canceled because Netanyahu objected to the visit at this time.
Yesterday Netanyahu talked with EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini, who is leading the Quartet’s initiative. Netanyahu reportedly told her that in light of the security situation there is no point in the Quartet delegation coming to Israel. This morning the Quartet announced that the visit will not take place.
Names published of Pisgat Zeev murderers
The terrorists who carried out the terror attack in Pisgat Zeev today are Muhammad Manasra and Ahmed Manasra, both residents of the Shuafat refugee camp.
It is unclear if the two are related.
One of the terrorists was killed at the scene. The other was badly wounded.
8 minors detained for hurling rocks in Haifa
Eight minors were detained in Haifa after hurling rocks on Ben Gurion Avenue, one of the main streets of the northern mixed city.
No one was hurt and there was no damage to property, according to Army Radio.
Tel Aviv incident was apparently altercation, not terror attack
What was reported earlier as a possible terror attack in Tel Aviv was apparently an altercation. A young woman, a resident of Haifa, got out of a taxi and struck at a young man. The circumstances leading to the incident are not clear.
Condition of 2 hospitalized terror victims improves
The 12-year-old who was stabbed in Pisgat Ze’ev, a Jerusalem neighborhood today, is in serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery to stop internal bleeding.
The other victim of the attack, 25, is also in stable condition.
UN official who was hit by rocks says, May Allah forgive them
A senior UN official who was hurt when Palestinians threw rocks at his car wrote on Facebook that “Allah will forgive the rock throwers,” according to a report in the website NRG.
Mounir Kleibo heads the bureau of the International Labor Organization in the Palestinian Territories, a UN agency.
On Friday, the UN Coordinator for Development and Humanitarian Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Robert Piper, issued a statement on the stone-throwing where he condemned “yesterday evening’s stone-throwing attack on a clearly marked United Nations (UN) vehicle traveling on Route 50 in East Jerusalem, which seriously injured a senior UN official. I join the rest of the UN family in wishing our colleague a speedy recovery.”
Piper’s statement did not identify Kleibo either by name or position.
He was hurt in his jaw and hospitalized at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.
According to NRG, Kleibo’s Facebook profile is bluntly pro-Palestinian, despite his being an official of the UN and as such expected to be impartial.
Kleibo’s cover picture shows the dome of the al-Aqsa Mosque and his profile picture is the word “Shuhada” [“Martyrdom”] on a black background.
In one of his posts, Kleibo wrote that “we mourn not only our shahids but also ourselves, our eyes, our hearts, our consciousness and our humanity.”
In a post published after the stone-throwing attack, and accompanied by photos apparently taken from his hospital bed, Kleibo says he is okay and so is his wife, Tamara, and writes, “May Allah forgive those who throw the rocks at night.”
A Foreign Ministry official tells NRG that “one must regret the fact that the UN did not explicitly condemn all Palestinian stone throwers, who hurt, among others, a senior UN official. One can be even sorrier that the same official, a victim of Palestinian violence, continues praising it on his Facebook page.”
J’lem mayor calls on PM to act strongly against ‘shocking evil’ of terrorists
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat says recent terror attacks confront Israelis with a “shocking form of evil.”
“To our shock and horror, the cruelty of murderers who attack innocent civilians and children on their way home from school knows no limit, confronting us all with a shocking form of evil. This cruel and merciless terrorism is the result of incitement and inflammatory lies. We must act swiftly and decisively both against the terrorists as well as against those who are spreading this incitement,” reads the statement.
“I call on Prime Minister Netanyahu to implement more severe means and to take strong action against those who are inciting terrorism with their inflammatory statements and messages,” says the mayor.
His statement comes in the evening after an afternoon in which there were three stabbing attacks in Jerusalem. Three Israelis were wounded, two of them seriously, in the attacks.
Barkat calls on the public “to act in a vigilant and responsible manner, and most of all to demonstrate unity, strength and determination in this war against lone wolf terrorists.” Wishing the wounded a speedy recovery, he says residents of Jerusalem “will continue with our routine in this current situation, with maximal vigilance and while continuing our fight against terror with unwavering determination.”
Soldier wounded, Palestinian attacker shot in West Bank in separate incidents
Palestinian terrorists wounded an IDF soldier in the West Bank.
A report on the Walla news website says the soldier was wounded by Palestinians without elaborating.
Near Rachel’s Tomb, also in the West Bank, a Palestinian in his 20s tried attacking IDF soldiers, and was shot by them and badly wounded. He was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem in serious but stable condition.
In Isawiyah, a neighborhood on the northern outskirts of Jerusalem, several Palestinians rioted and hurled rocks at Border Police officers who were there to secure traffic on the old road to Ma’ale Adumim, not far from Isawiyah.
The Border Police officers used non-lethal means to disperse the rioters and, after chasing them on foot, arrested two minors, aged 14 and 17, who were taken for interrogation.
Bennett visits stabbing victim’s school
Education Minister Naftali Bennett visits the high school where the boy who was stabbed and almost killed by Palestinian terrorists earlier today studies.
The youth is now in the hospital in Jerusalem and is in serious but stable condition.
“I came to support you and back you at this time,” says Bennett. “You stand strong and this proves more than anything else that we will be strong and continue onward. We are doing everything to restore security to the State of Israel and will, together, also restore security to schoolchildren. I thank each and every one of you for your strength and resilience — you are worthy of great praise,” adds the minister.
Gazans breach border fence with Israel
According to Palestinian reports, approximately 20 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip infiltrated Israel through a gap in the border fence.
IDF troops are at the scene and are using tear gas and other means to repel them. None were wounded or arrested, according to the Palestinian reports.
After nine Palestinians were killed when the military dispersed a similar protest on Friday (and almost two dozen wounded, according to the IDF), the army has refrained from using live fire.
Ages of terrorists from Pisgat Zeev: 13 and 15
After hours of confusion regarding the age of two terrorist brothers who stabbed two Israelis in Pisgat Zeev today, police and other sources clarify.
One of the terrorists is 13. He was badly wounded after he stabbed an Israeli, slightly younger than he is, when he escaped and was hit by a car. The victim arrived in hospital in critical condition but, after undergoing life-saving surgery, his condition has since stabled.
Another stabber, 15, was shot and killed at the scene. He stabbed a 25-year-old man, who is in serious but stable condition.
Israeli wounded by rocks in West Bank; Molotov cocktail hits car near Hebron
An Israeli was lightly wounded after Palestinians struck his car with rocks in the West Bank this evening.
He was traveling between Oranit and Peduel, two communities in the northern West Bank.
Elsewhere, south of Mount Hebron, Palestinians threw a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli vehicle. There were no casualties but the car sustained damage, according to Israel Radio.
Barkat says social-media incitement is behind wave of terror
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat says that the main reason for the recent wave of violence is incitement “on a level we have never seen before.
“When they interrogate the terrorists, what we see is young people who are incited to a level I have never seen before, and you see that they seek to harm innocents and listen to no one except Facebook and Twitter,” adds Barkat.
“The inciters,” he says, “are simply sending young people to get killed. They wound police officers and civilians, and the officers — out of self-defense — kill them.”
Man shot trying to grab soldier’s weapon
A Palestinian or Arab Israeli was shot by an IDF soldier after trying to steal the soldier’s gun on a bus at the entrance to Jerusalem.
According to a report on Channel 2, the man was killed by the soldier.
Hamas against firing rockets at Israel, for now
Hamas is not preventing Palestinian protesters from approaching the border fence with Israel. This denies earlier reports, mainly from the Palestinian Authority, that such a directive was handed down.
The organization wishes, in fact, to allow Palestinian protests in solidarity with the Palestinians in the West Bank without involving the military wing of Hamas in another confrontation with Israel, according to a report in the Hebrew paper Haaretz.
Deputy head of the diplomatic bureau of the Gaza terror group, Moussa Abu Marzouk, calls to prevent launching rockets at Israel. He says that this will “move the campaign to the battlefield and hold back the popular intifada.”
Other voices in the Gaza Strip, according to Haaretz, are saying no one should come close to the border fence, since this is a “suicide” move with no benefit.
Soldier and another person wounded in latest attack; terrorist killed
Details begin to emerge on the latest incident in Jerusalem:
A Palestinian got on a bus belonging to the Superbus company, stabbed a man in the head, and wounded him lightly. He then attacked a soldier and tried to grab the latter’s gun.
A civilian on the bus helped the soldier repel the terrorist.
A police officer got on the bus, shot and killed the attacker.
Two Israelis — one of whom is the soldier — are lightly wounded.
Highway 1 closed to traffic, after attack
Highway 1, the main traffic artery between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is closed near the exit of the city because of the recent terror attack in which a terrorist stabbed a person and tried to grab the gun of a soldier.