Former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk described the Boston terror attack as a shock to the system, remarking that "Israel is usually Ground Zero for terrorism" in an interview on Channel 2's weekly Meet the Press program on Saturday evening.
"It's strange that I'm here.. and now it's happening back home," he said.
"Home grown terrorism is a very scary thing... to imagine that they are in our beds," he added.
Indyk said that while people turn to extremist actions for a range of motives, the Internet facilitates "moving to an extreme point," providing readily available extremist ideologies.
The former ambassador opined that the attack would not have any affect on US policy in the Middle East because he believes that people draw a distinction between having to fight terrorism and avoiding ground wars. "[US President Barak] Obama's use of drones have led the US public to believe they have an easy way of dealing with it," he added.