Four killed in Jerusalem truck attack

Four Israeli soldiers were killed and at least 16 people were wounded in a truck attack

Published: January 9, 2017, 11:30 am

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    Four Israeli soldiers were killed and at least 16 people were wounded, when an Arab resident of eastern Jerusalem rammed his truck into pedestrians near Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv Promenade.

    The attacks happened in southeastern Jerusalem, part of the eastern sections of Jerusalem declared “occupied Palestinian territory” by a United Nations Security Council resolution last month.

    The promenade is close to a US consulate construction site that could serve as a future embassy if the current embassy is moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters at the scene of the attack: “We know the identity of the attacker. All signs point to the attacker being a supporter of the Islamic State.”

    Free West Media spoke to Israeli political activist Avigdor Eskin about the attack. According to him: “The recent terrorist attack in Israel could have resulted in much higher causalities, as it was in Nice and Berlin. Our society is much better prepared for this kind of assault.”

    Eskin added that it “was not the first time a ramming attack (took place) in Israel. The terrorists had tried in the past the past to use trucks, tractors and regular cars to kill our citizens. The Western media were silent about it until they themselves were hit. Maybe now they will learn the lesson and instead of harassing Israel they will cooperate against the mutual enemy.

    Responding to recent remarks on Israel by the South African president, Avigdor Eskin said: “We were deeply disappointed by the fact that Jacob Zuma made his outrageous anti-Israeli comments and called upon the citizens of SA not to visit Israel on the same day of the terrorist attack. But we were not surprised because Zuma and the ANC have a long record of supporting terrorism. His reaction was rather natural, unfortunately.”

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