Israeli Analysts: Jerusalem’s Shooting Will Not Be the Last

Musbah Abusbeih has been hailed by some Palestinian factions as martyr. (Photo: via Ma'an)

Israeli analysts have claimed that the wave of Palestinians attacks against Israelis which started in October, 2015 will continue and the Jerusalem shooting which claimed the lives of two Israelis, including a member of the special police branch on Sunday, and will not be the last.

Amos Hariel, a military analyst for Haaretz Newspaper, noted that the example of the Jerusalem shooter from the town of Al-Ram, would be an example that would be followed by other Palestinians.

Hariel suggested that more Palestinians would use shootings as opposed to car ramming because “Shooting results in the death of more Israelis as opposed to car attacks which end with the death of the attacker and the light wounding of some Israelis.”

He added, “The religious factor is very clear because Israel is trying to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque and kick Muslims out of it, especially during Jewish holidays.”

Alon Ben David, the military analyst of the 10th Hebrew Channel said, “What makes this attack unique is it was quick and the Israeli intelligence had no prior information about it, although the attacker used a firearm and must have obtained it from somewhere.”

He added, “This kind of weapon is used by the Israeli army.”

The Israeli forces have kept the details of the attack secret and deployed forces all over Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. The attacker was previously detained by the Israeli army and was supposed to hand himself over to the Israeli authorities to carry out a four-month sentence on the day of the attack.

(PC, Arab 48)

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