Hamas Celebrates ISIS-Related Truck-Ramming Terror Attack

“The wicked plotteth against the righteous, and gnasheth at him with his teeth.” Psalms 37:12 (The Israel Bible™)

A truck-ramming attack that killed four Israeli soldiers in their early 20s and injured at least 16 people at a Jerusalem bus stop Sunday was likely carried out by a supporter of the Islamic State terror group, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“We know the identity of the attacker, and according to all the signs he is a supporter of Islamic State,” Netanyahu said while visiting the scene of the attack, adding that the terrorist act was similar to truck-rammings in Europe such as in Nice and Berlin during the past year.

A large truck, captured on security camera footage, is seen plowing into a group of Israeli soldiers who had exited a bus in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, then reversing direction and running the bodies over again. Killed in the attack were four Israeli soldiers: Yael Yekutiel, 20, Shir Hajaj 22, Shira Tzur, 20, and Erez Orbach, 20. The terrorist, who was shot dead at the scene, was later identified as Fadi al-Qanbar from the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, which borders the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood where the attack took place.

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“We will overcome this terror, just as we overcame other attacks,” Netanyahu said. “There are a number of actions that we will not specify at this time, which we will have to take to ensure that incidents such as these do not recur.”

A spokesman from the Palestinian terror group Hamas quickly praised Sunday’s car-ramming attack, saying Hamas “welcomes the brave and heroic operation in Jerusalem” and calling the attack a “natural reaction to the Israeli crimes and violations against our people, land and holy sites.”

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