An Israeli man was shot and killed by a Palestinian terrorist sniper operating out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon. The Israeli was an employee of the Defense Ministry and had been sent to the area to do repairs on the Gaza security fence.
Shortly after the attack, Israel beefed up its forces along the Gaza border, and told Israeli farmers in the area to refrain from working their fields for the immediate future.
In other violence, an Israeli police officer was stabbed in the back while directing traffic north of Jerusalem late Monday afternoon. He was taken to a hospital in the capital in moderate-but-stable condition with the knife still in his back.
The Palestinian assailant managed to flee the scene, and Israeli forces locked down the area in a massive manhunt.
So far, there have been over 135 terrorist attacks in December alone, and a steady monthly increase throughout the year. Many Israeli officials are starting to wonder if they truly have a partner for peace on the other side of the negotiating table.
“Israel is continuing with the diplomatic process as though there’s no terror, while the Palestinians are continuing with the terror as though there’s no diplomatic process,” said Economy Minister Naftali Bennett following Monday’s stabbing attack.
PHOTO: The scene where an Israeli police officer was stabbed near the Samarian Jewish community of Adam.