• Middle East Police identify 13-year-old Palestinian as perpetrator of new attack in Jerusalem

Minutes after the Israeli Police raised the state of alert to its highest level this morning and the Army reinforced its forces in the West Bank following the murder of seven people at the gates of a Neve Yaacov synagogue in north Jerusalem, a new Palestinian armed attack has seriously injured two other Israelis - father and son - near the Old City.

A 13-year-old Palestinian boy shot at a group of Jews in that area before being shot by a civilian (soldier on vacation).

The two attacks have turned the usual


calm in Jerusalem into a tense situation that could lead to an escalation between Israelis and Palestinians.

The armed attack, carried out by the Palestinian Khari Alqam, took the lives of five men and two women in

the worst attack in Israel since 2011

when a jihadist commando stormed from Egypt and killed 8 people in the south of the country.

In reaction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a meeting of his security cabinet for Saturday night.

Netanyahu asked citizens "not to take justice on their own" and announced that they will approve "immediate measures."

One of them would have to do with the process of granting arms to citizens, taking into account that on many occasions they have been decisive in stopping attacks.

This is the first major review of the veteran conservative leader on his return to power exactly one month after a year and a half in opposition.

His challenge is, on the one hand, to respond to the attack and ensure that there are no more of this dimension, avoiding the imitation effect on the part of young Palestinians, and on the other, to avoid further escalation, moderate the demands of his most nationalist ministers such as Itamar. Ben Gvir and Bezalel Smotrish who in the elections on November 1 promised

"a strong hand in the fight against terror to restore security to the streets."

For now, the first measure was taken by the Police, who arrested 42 relatives and relatives of the attacker for questioning on suspicion that they knew of or collaborated with the bloody attack.

Nevé Yaacov woke up this Saturday between shock and indignation.

And the pain.

Like that of Shimon Mizrahi who lost his son Eli (48) and his daughter-in-law Natali (45).

According to his account, they heard the shots in the street and went down to help the wounded.

"The terrorist who was dressed in black and was young shot and killed my son and his wife, two very good people who got married two years ago," he said before denouncing that

"the police took 20 minutes to arrive"

and asking "the destruction of the terrorist's house and the expulsion of his family".

The Palestinian factions have not claimed responsibility for the latest armed attacks but praise them assuring that it is the response to the death of nine people - eight militants and one woman - in an Israeli military incursion into the Jenin refugee camp carried out last Thursday.

After the lethal action that Israel justified as preventing a "major attack by Islamic Jihad", voices multiplied in the West Bank and Gaza and on social networks demanding revenge.

Voices of rage that, after the attack, gave way to shouts of joy, including fireworks in a neighborhood in the eastern part of Jerusalem, and distribution of sweets as a sign of joy.

Unlike several Arab countries and what he himself did on previous occasions, the Palestinian president, Abu Mazen, did not condemn the attacks and accused Israel of being "responsible for the dangerous escalation that has caused the death of 31 Palestinians in the last month".

The Israeli government replies that "the vast majority of the Palestinians killed were terrorists" and accuses the


veteran of "supporting terrorism and inciting violence."

Meanwhile, the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad compete in praise of the attacks.

"The heroic actions in Jerusalem and in other areas translate the position of the resistance that the answer would not be long in coming. The enemy has begun to pay the price for its crimes," the Hamas spokesman announced,

The security services believe that Alqam acted alone.

Having recently obtained a pistol, he drove to Neve Yaacov and opened fire at close range at worshipers leaving the

Ateret Abraham

temple after Shabbat prayers.

In his flight, he was shot down by an agent, as he told Netanyahu himself on the spot.

The Police increased its presence in the eastern part of Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in the 1967 war. The four most important attacks in recent months in the city were carried out by Palestinians with Israeli ID and residents of Arab neighborhoods: one killed a police officer at a checkpoint (October 8), another planted explosives at bus stops causing two deaths (November 23) and the two this weekend.

The complex contrasts surrounding the 350,000 Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem are striking.

A dramatic sample button: Both the perpetrators of the last two armed attacks and one of the first paramedics (Fadi Dakideq) who treated the wounded at both locations are Palestinians from a city that hopes

never to return to the days of the Second Intifada 20 years ago


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