On Thursday morning, during rush hour, two Palestinian terrorists from East Jerusalem reportedly drove to a bus stop and opened fire on civilians.
Three people were killed and sixteen others injured before the assailants were neutralized by two off-duty soldiers and an armed civilian.
Shortly before this tragedy, the Israeli Defense Force and Qatari officials had confirmed that the ceasefire urged by Western leftists between Hamas and Israel was extended.
In response to the shooting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on X that “the quick reaction of two fighters and a civilian who eliminated the terrorists prevented an even more serious attack”.
He expressed his admiration for their actions before adding that he will continue to support expanding weapon distributions to citizens as it has proven successful in combating terrorism.
National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir emphasized the need to relax gun laws in the wake of Hamas’ terror attack on October 7, with the goal of arming “as many citizens as possible.”
He stated that “This event demonstrates again why we must not appear weak. We should respond to Hamas only through our weapons.”
Two brothers in their 30s from East Jerusalem’s Zur Baher neighborhood reportedly pulled up to a bus stop in an off-white car and opened fire with an M-16 rifle and handgun.
Three people were seriously injured, and a number of others sustained varying degrees of harm. Surveillance footage shows the terrorists shooting at a crowded area before trying to flee when reinforcements arrive.
On Thursday morning, a terrorist attacked an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) checkpoint in the Jordan Valley area.
The assailant rammed a vehicle into IDF soldiers but was quickly shot and neutralized before being able to cause any fatalities.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the constant threat posed by terrorism against Israel and its citizens.
Benny Gantz, member of the Israeli War Cabinet, reinforced this sentiment with his statement on X: “This attack is further proof of our commitment to continue the fight with strength and determination against the murderous terrorism that threatens our citizens. In Jerusalem, Gaza, Yosh and everywhere.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken echoed these sentiments during his visit to Israel on Thursday, calling attention to the danger from terrorism that Israelis face daily.