A man was in moderate condition after he was stabbed Wednesday morning by an unknown assailant in Ramat Hasharon, a suburb north of Tel Aviv.
The victim, 46, was stabbed multiple times in his upper torso. Magen David Adom medics took him to Beilinson Hospital in nearby Petah Tikva.
The assailant fled the scene, and a manhunt is underway in the area.
Suspecting a possible terror attack, security officials initially deployed helicopters and roadblocks to the Route 4 highway during the pursuit. The barriers have since been removed.
A police spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon that after an initial investigation, it appeared that the incident was criminal.
Channel 13 news reported that an assessment was made that the suspect may have mental health issues.
An unconfirmed report on the Walla website cited a relative claiming the assailant had shouted “allahu akbar,” “God is great” in Arabic, before stabbing the man.
Police published security camera footage of the suspect and asked the public to contact authorities if they see him.