The seething situation in Jerusalem took a turn for the worse early Tuesday morning when Palestinian Arab terrorists entered a local synagogue and attacked Jewish worshippers conducting traditional morning prayers.
Two Muslim assailants entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue complex in the religious Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof shortly after dawn armed with a pistol, knives and axes.
Four Israelis were killed and another nine were wounded, many of them seriously, during the bloody rampage. Eyewitnesses who survived the attack said the terrorists did not wear head covering, but were shouting “Allah Akbar” - “Allah is Greater” - as they shot and hacked at their Jewish victims.
Police forces responding to the scene engaged the terrorists in a brief gun battle before shooting both attackers dead.
The attack comes a day after escalating Arab Muslim riots over the death of an Arab bus driver, who was found hanged in the rear of his vehicle. An autopsy revealed no signs of foul play, and police ruled the case a suicide. That evidence notwithstanding, the driver’s family and Arabs across Jerusalem insisted Jewish “settlers” had murdered the man, and vowed revenge.