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Israel, on high alert after three deadly attacks in just one week with eleven dead

Three attacks in one week that left eleven dead They are straining Israel, where security forces are on high alert and fear an even bigger spike in violence just days before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

It had been more than a decade since so many deaths had been recorded. in such a short time as a result of attacks in Israel, where today there is a climate of absolute tension, with fewer people in the streets and looks full of fear and mistrust.

Last night’s attack on the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, which caused the death of five peopleended up confirming the trend: the country is facing one of the most serious waves of attacks since the Second Intifada.

Yesterday’s incident followed a gun attack in the city of Hadera on Sunday, in which two Israeli policemen were killed, and a knife attack in Beersheva on Tuesday last week, in which four civilians were killed.

Yaakov Shalom, one of the five victims of the attack. AFP photo

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“A wave of murderous Arab terrorism”denounced yesterday the Prime Minister, Naftali Bennet, about the events of the last week, which come days before the beginning of this Saturday of the month of Ramadan, a period that is usually characterized by an increase in tension in the area and even spikes in violence like the one that triggered the escalation of war with Gaza militias in May last year.

This Wednesday a meeting of the Security Cabinet is scheduled, in which measures are expected to be taken to stop this series of attacks, after strong criticism against the security forces both from the opposition and from the population for not having been able to avoid the episodes of the last week.

This Wednesday, Defense Minister Beny Gantz ordered the deployment of 1,000 additional Army personnel in different parts of the country and in the occupied West Bank and, according to the media, the Police asked the Government to authorize a budget to recruit 4,000 new officers.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said during a press conference in Jerusalem with his Austrian counterpart that Israel “will not let terrorists determine its policy” and called on “maintain unity and self-control.”

Orthodox Jews mourn this Wednesday around the body of Israeli Yaakov Shalom.  Photo EFE

Orthodox Jews mourn this Wednesday around the body of Israeli Yaakov Shalom. Photo EFE

The reference to the unit comes after learning this week that those responsible for the attacks in Beersheva and Hadera were Arab citizens of Israelsomething unusual and that presents a greater challenge to the authorities.

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The highlight of those incidents, however, was his vindication by the Islamic State group, something almost unprecedented in the country and which triggered a series of raids in Arab cities and the arrest of 12 people for alleged ties to the terrorist group.

Although the person responsible for last night’s attack in Bnei Brak was a Palestinian from the occupied West Bank, the fact that he managed to get to a city in the heart of the country with an assault rifle sounded alarm bells among the security forces about possible accomplices inside Israeli territory.

Shortly after last night’s attack, Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement condemning the incident and pointed out that this “only leads to a further deterioration of the situation”, which he said is already unstable.

In a rare and conciliatory message in the hours after an attack, Abbas appealed to seek “a permanent, comprehensive and just peace” in the region.

Along the same lines, the King of Jordan, Abdullah II, condemned the attack and warned that the violence generated by the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians “continues to offer fertile ground for extremism on both sides.”

The monarch’s statements took place after a meeting in Amman with the Israeli presidentIsaac Herzog, the first of official and public rank to hold an Israeli presidential position in that Arab country.

Over the last few days, Israeli and Palestinian authorities have had multiple contacts with Jordanian leadersincluding a visit yesterday by Gantz to the king in Amman -in which they discussed security coordination ahead of Ramadan- and another by Abdullah II on Monday to Ramallah, where he spoke with Abbas about the current situation of the conflict and the need to move forward towards a “just and comprehensive solution”.

Although so far the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip have maintained the usual rhetoric and celebrated the attacks without threatening to escalate the situation, thousands of people demonstrated in the enclave on the occasion of Land Day, in which they commemorate the death of six Palestinians in 1976 in protests against land expropriation.

The protests, which were planned to take place next to the separation fence with Israel, finally took place in the opposite area of ​​the enclave, in what can be interpreted as an attempt not to further aggravate an already quite fragile situation.

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