The attack was the latest incident in a surge of Palestinian terrorism in recent weeks. On Shabbos, two Israeli security personnel were lightly wounded in separate stabbing attacks in Samaria within hours of each other. One of the attackers was moderately wounded and the other was killed.
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said Sunday, “Our policy is zero tolerance for terrorism. Whoever tries to hurt us, we will hurt them.”
Last week, an Israeli man was moderately wounded when he was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist at a gas station on Route 443, which is one of the main highways linking the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv areas. The terrorist in that attack was shot and killed by Israeli troops as he tried to flee the scene.
On Aug. 6, three Israeli soldiers were wounded when a Palestinian motorist intentionally rammed them with his vehicle at a junction on Route 60 near Shiloh in Samaria. Three days earlier, three Israelis were wounded when a firebomb was thrown at an Israeli vehicle near the Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina in northern Jerusalem.