Israeli security forces arrested a 20-year-old Palestinian from the village of Kfar Katna in the Western Bank just before committing a terrorist attack in the Israeli settlement of Har Adar near the city of Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post reported on October 20.
According to the Israeli Maariv newspaper, only a knife was found in the scene, where the suspect was planning to carry out the supposed terrorist attack. The Israeli authorities didn’t explain how they knew in advance of the suspect’s intention; despite that he was not armed.
The incident reflects the recent high tension between the Israel and the Palestinians, which is a result of U.S. President Donald Trump decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last December. The following months witnessed several attack on Israeli citizens and personnel of the Israel military.
Furthermore, a series of large protests, in which more than 168 civilians were killed by Israel military, have been ongoing since March. The protests led to several dangerous military confrontations in the Gaza Strip between the Palestinian Hamas Movement and Israel.
In attempt to counter any Palestinian action, the Israeli security cabinet adopted a new policy this week, under which the Israeli military will step up its response to any attacks. This police, which is now active, will likely lead to a furtherconfrontation soon.