Israeli minister concerned as local violence ramps up

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 |  Tommy Mueller

Three female Israeli soldiers were attacked on Tuesday by a car full of Arab men. The goal of the assault has apparently been to kidnap one or more of the soldiers, but if failed due to fierce resistance by the three young women.

The incident occurred as the soldiers were walking to their barracks in central Israel. A vehicle with several Arab men stopped next to them, and one of the passengers attempted to drag one of the female soldiers into the car. The girl struggled, and her companions rushed to her aid, causing the perpetrators to flee the scene.

Meanwhile, in Judea and Samaria (the so-called "West Bank"), there were a recorded 83 attacks against Israeli Jews last month alone. In Jerusalem, 38 violent incidents targeting Israelis were documented. Economic Minister Naftali Bennett expressed alarm over these figures, and insisted the army do more to protect Israeli Jews from the daily violence, in particular the increasing number of stone-throwing attacks against Jewish motorists.

But local Jews are not the only ones suffering form the situation. Last week in Jerusalem's Old City, six Jewish teens attacked and badly injured a young Arab man before making off with his cellphone and wallet. Police later arrested two of the perpetrators.

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