IDF Officer Stabbed in West Bank Thursday; Ya'alon: Palestinian Violence Is Waning

(Jerusalem Post) Tovah Lazaroff and Khaled Abu Toameh - On Thursday, Haytham Mahmoud Yassin, 36, threw an object at a military jeep near Nablus in the West Bank, the IDF said. Soldiers stopped the jeep and got out of the vehicle to investigate when Yassin approached them and stabbed an officer. One of the soldiers then shot and killed Yassin. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Thursday that Israel's preemptive raids and arrests have prevented violence from escalating. "We are managing to foil plans by the organizations, the terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to carry out attacks. If it were up to them, there would be suicide bombings and gun attacks here every day," Ya'alon told Israel Radio. We will "prevail over this phenomenon, I say, but this is a process that takes time. Statistically, we see that this is waning."

2016-01-15 00:00:00

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