The Israeli public is suddenly in “war mode” following a series of deadly terrorist attacks in recent days, and amidst fears that there’s more to come.
Schools have cancelled field trips, many local Israelis are afraid to go out in public, and a number of municipalities have said they will close construction sites to keep Palestinian laborers away.
In response to the situation, the Israel Police have raised their alert level and the IDF has deployed reinforcements to the security barrier between the so-called “West Bank” and Israel-proper.
Given that two of the recent attacks were carried out by Israeli Arabs, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has also effectively declared on internal war on terror focused on those affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) and its teachings.
In Bnei Barak, where the latest terror attack happened on Tuesday night, and in several other locations protests broke out demanding that the government take harsher action against the nation’s enemies, both internal and external.
Likud demands Knesset reconvene
While Bennett was scheduled to convene his security cabinet on Wednesday to discuss the new wave of terror, the opposition Likud party is demanding that the entire Knesset reconvene to address the situation.
MK Yariv Levin sent a letter to Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy stating that parliament shouldn’t remain on recess under the present circumstances.
Forces raid Bnei Barak shooter’s house
The perpetrator of the latest terrorist attack that took the lives of five people in Bnei Barak on Tuesday night was identified as Diaa Hamarsheh, a 26-year-old Palestinian from the area of Jenin in the northern “West Bank.”
Overnight security forces raided the terrorist’s family home and arrested his brother. A number of other family members and acquaintances were questioned.
Reports indicate that a large mob of Palestinians gathered at the Hamarsheh home and clashed with Israeli soldiers. There were no reports of casualties.