A Jerusalem synagogue was stormed by 2 palestinians on Tuesday. The worshippers that were praying inside were attacked with axes, guns and knives. 4 people were killed and the palestinians were eventually killed by the police after a shootout.
This attack was the deadliest registered in Jerusalem for years and increases the tensions in the area. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, declared that Israel will respond to the attack. He denounced it as being:
“…cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers.”
According to Israeli police, the 2 palestinians were cousins and lived in east Jerusalem. The militant Hamas group that currently runs the Gaza Strip did not take responsibility but did praise the attack.
Micky Rosenfeld, police spokesman, declared that 6 people were wounded during this attack. This includes 2 police officers. 4 of those that were wounded are currently in a serious condition. Other suspects are still searched for by the police.
In Jerusalem there were many Palestinian attacks against Israeli, with 6 being killed in the recent weeks, before the casualties on Tuesday.
According to police, the Tuesday attack was most likely not organized by a militant group, just like with other recent incidents. This makes it hard for the police to prevent violence. According to Yohanan Danino:
“These are individuals that decide to do horrible acts. It’s very hard to know ahead of time about every such incident.”
Last week there was a meeting between John Kerry, Netanyahu and King Abdullah II in Jordan. This meeting did reduce the tensions and appeared in order to help restore calm in the fighting between Muslims and Jews. Both Palestinians and Israeli declared that they will take steps to help reduce tensions.
Netanyahu is blaming current violence on the incitements coming from Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas.