Palestinian police officer kills Israeli soldier

Thursday, February 11, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

A Palestinian Authority police officer stabbed and killed an Israeli soldier while he sat in traffic in his army jeep at a military checkpoint in Samaria (the so-called "West Bank") on Wednesday.

A security officer from a nearby Jewish settlement who witnessed the attack ran over the assailant and lightly wounded him, allowing other soldiers to get to the scene and arrest him.

The victim was identified as First-Sgt. Ihab Khatib, 26, a member of the Druze community of northern Israel, non-Jews who are fiercely loyal to the Jewish state.

The Khatib family has suffered much in recent years from confrontation with Israel's enemies.

Several years ago, Khatib's uncle was killed in action against Muslim terrorist forces. During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Khatib's aunt was killed when a Katyusha rocket fired by Lebanon's Hizballah hit her home in the northern Israel town of Marar.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad condemned Wednesday's attack, but not on moral grounds. Instead, he said it said it was not in line with the PA's current "national interests."

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