The deadly terror attacks that claimed the lives of two IDF soldiers in recent
days do not constitute the start of a third intifada, Defense Minister Moshe
Ya’alon said Tuesday, as a relatively quiet day passed over Hebron.
Palestinian sniper who killed an IDF soldier this week in Hebron remains at
large, and there has been no breakthrough in attempts to capture him, a senior
army source said.
On Tuesday evening, a Molotov cocktail was hurled at an
army vehicle traveling near the settlement of Tekoa, southeast of Bethlehem.
There were no injuries in the attack.
Speaking from the Defense Ministry
in Tel Aviv, Ya’alon said the defense establishment was “looking at the current
period and we see no reason for any kind of alarm, or signs of an intifada.
There is no connection between the two terror attacks, and we believe that the
IDF will succeed in calming the situation on the ground.”
Tuesday, Ya’alon hosted haredi soldiers and volunteers at the Defense
“We will not rest until we catch the last terrorist involved in
these attacks,” the defense minister vowed.
Israel must “continue to hold
the sword, despite being a peace-seeking people,” he added.
forces arrested six Palestinian security suspects overnight Tuesday, launching
raids in Deir Asita, southeast of Kalkilya, where two wanted men were arrested,
and in Abud, northwest of Ramallah, where four suspects were taken in for
Early on Tuesday, the IDF accompanied some 1,200 Israeli
pilgrims who arrived at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus to pray. On their way out of
Nablus, the Israeli convoy was targeted by rock throwers, but there were no
injuries or damages.