The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday sentenced an East Jerusalem resident to 21 years in prison for a stabbing attack in October 2015 in the city of Ra’anana.
Four people were hurt in the attack by Khaled Basti, one of them seriously.
Basti, 30, attacked his victims as they stood at a bus stop on the city’s Jerusalem Boulevard. He was beaten and wrestled into submission by passersby, sustaining serious injuries in the process, from which he later recovered.
Basti was also ordered to pay NIS 145,000 ($41,000) in reparations to his victims.
Judge Ruth Lorech wrote in her ruling: “The attempted murder was carried out by the accused not out of a mental episode or momentary enragement — he planned his actions and intended to murder a Jew out of a nationalistic-ideological motive.”
She added that Basti had proven “incapable of showing any empathy toward the victims.”
The attack came at the start of a wave of “lone wolf” attacks that began in September 2015, in which some 51 Israelis, two visiting Americans, an Eritrean national, a Palestinian man and a British student have been killed in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks by Palestinian assailants.
In that period, nearly 300 Palestinians and a Sudanese national were killed by Israeli fire, a majority of them attackers, according to authorities, and many of the others in clashes with troops in the West Bank and at the Gaza border.