Palestinian knifeman killed in settlement attack

A Palestinian wielding a knife was shot dead by Jewish settlers today in what appeared to be a foiled attack in a West Bank settlement.

The attack, which follows the killing of a 13-year-old at another settlement early this month, seemed likely to inflame further tensions between the Palestinians and Israel’s new hardline government.

The Palestinian entered the settlement of Beit Hagai and tried to stab several residents before he was shot by settlers, the Zaka rescue service said.

One of the settlers told Army Radio that he and a friend had confronted the Palestinian, who appeared to be between 18 and 20. When approached, the man pulled out a knife, according to the settler, who identified himself only as Uziel.

“I had a pistol on me. I tried to shoot, but it jammed. During the struggle, he ran after me as well, and then my friend took the pistol and shot him,” Uziel said.

The Israeli military said one Israeli received a light stab wound. Troops and police closed roads nearby and were searching the area, the military said.

No Palestinian group immediately took responsibility.

In an attack early this month, a Palestinian wielding an axe killed a 13-year-old and wounded a seven-year-old in Bat Ayin, an Israeli settlement not far away. The attacker escaped.

Israel’s new government, headed by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is dominated by hawks who have suggested Israeli concessions in the West Bank would allow Palestinians to threaten Israel’s security.

After the first attack, a government spokesman said Israel would have a “zero tolerance policy” towards militants.

Moderate Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas runs a Western-backed government in the West Bank, but the area is under the overall control of Israel’s military.

The creation of a Palestinian state is the centrepiece of US peace efforts in the region, and that would require an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and the removal of most, if not all, of Israel’s settlements there.

Israel’s previous government held peace talks with Abbas. But Netanyahu has yet to say he supports the creation of a Palestinian state, and Israel’s new foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has said Israeli concessions have only brought more violence.

More on this topic

Israeli leader vows to annex West Bank settlement enclaveIsraeli leader vows to annex West Bank settlement enclave

More than two million Muslims in Mecca for start of annual hajj pilgrimageMore than two million Muslims in Mecca for start of annual hajj pilgrimage

Fundraising campaign set up for British man arrested at Oman airport ‘for swearing’Fundraising campaign set up for British man arrested at Oman airport ‘for swearing’

The Middle East does not need another warThe Middle East does not need another war

More in this Section

Widely available drug ‘could reduce deaths from head injury’Widely available drug ‘could reduce deaths from head injury’

Protests erupt as Spain convicts leading Catalan separatistsProtests erupt as Spain convicts leading Catalan separatists

‘Homemade bomb targeted police’ in Hong Kong protests‘Homemade bomb targeted police’ in Hong Kong protests

Officer resigns after fatal shooting of black woman playing video gameOfficer resigns after fatal shooting of black woman playing video game


Lifestyle

Fiann Ó Nualláin follows in the footsteps of the Fianna as he explores a province’s hills and vales.Munster marvels: Plants that are unique to a province

Cupid must be something of a motoring enthusiast, as he had most definitely steered his way in the neighbourhood when Amie Gould and Shane O’Neill met at the Rally of the Lakes 12 years ago.Wedding of the Week: Cupid steers couple to right track

When it comes to podcasting, all it takes is one idea — and who knows where it can take you.Podcast Corner: Crimes and creatures rule at Cork’s first podcast fest

Claymation meets science fiction in this enchanting film, writes Esther McCarthy.Latest Shaun adventure is out of this world

More From The Irish Examiner