(JNS.org) Two Palestinian terrorists were shot dead by Israeli police on Wednesday after carrying out two shooting attacks in which one Israeli man was seriously hurt with a head injury. Passengers on an Israeli bus alerted police when they saw the two terrorists on the street and heard them shooting. Israeli police chased the suspects, shooting at them and eventually killing them.
The incident took place around the same time as another Palestinian terrorist tried to stab Israeli soldiers at the Salfit checkpoint near Ariel in Samaria. He was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.
The incidents come after a Palestinian terrorist killed a visiting American business school student and U.S. army veteran, 29-year-old Taylor Force, and wounded 11 Israelis in the port city of Jaffa. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a special security situation assessment late Tuesday night following the day’s attacks, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, and Shin Bet security agency and military officials in attendance. The Israeli officials agreed on a series of new counterterrorism measures, including inspecting and repairing breaches to the security fence in Jerusalem, and constructing a new section of the Israeli security fence near the Palestinian town of Tarqumiyah, west of Hebron.
The ministers also agreed to promote the quick passage of a law imposing harsher punishment on people who harbor or aid terrorists, or on media outlets inciting terrorism, as well as the tightening of procedures for the allotment of commerce and work permits inside Israel. "This is a state of emergency. We have to generate deterrence, and I can only hope all the bleeding hearts that are busy lecturing us wake up to reality,” said Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud), Israel Hayom reported.
In a meeting with U.S Vice President Joe Biden, who arrived in Israel on Tuesday just as news of Force’s death broke, Netanyahu said, “We have taken many steps in recent months to fight Palestinian terrorism and we're taking even stronger measures now. I believe that to fight terror, all civilized societies must stand together, and while Israel has many partners in this decisive battle, we have no better partner than the United States of America.”
Meanwhile, the Palestinian political faction Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both celebrated Force’s death by posting a drawing of a knife held over the PA map of "Palestine"—which in the map includes all of Israel, not just PA territory—on Fatah's official Facebook page, and by referring to the murdered American and the other victims as “settlers” on official PA television. PA TV also referred to Force’s killer as a "Shahid.”
“Official PA TV coined the American and other victims ‘settlers.’ The PA often calls all Israeli cities—‘occupied’—and all Israelis, ‘settlers,’ a category of people they have claimed that international law gives them the right to murder. By calling the American a ‘settler’—even though he is not Israeli and was in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, official PA TV news is putting the blame on the victim,” Palestinian Media Watch reported.