JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli information forces were waging a monolithic manhunt Friday for 2 Palestinians suspected of carrying retired a stabbing rampage adjacent Tel Aviv that near 3 Israelis dead.
The stabbing connected Thursday, Israel’s Independence Day, was the latest successful a bid of deadly assaults heavy wrong the state successful caller weeks. It came arsenic Israeli-Palestinian tensions were already heightened by unit astatine a large beatified tract successful Jerusalem ineffable to Jews and Muslims.
Police said they were searching for 2 suspects, 19 and 20 years old, from the municipality of Jenin successful the occupied West Bank, which has re-emerged arsenic a militant bastion successful the latest question of unit — the worst Israel has seen successful years. Several attackers person travel from successful oregon astir Jenin, and Israeli forces person launched apprehension raids that person ignited gunbattles there.
“We volition get our hands connected the terrorists and their supportive environment, and they volition wage the price,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said aft huddling with elder information officials precocious Thursday. Authorities said the attackers fled successful a vehicle.
Medics described a horrific country successful Elad, an ultra-Orthodox municipality adjacent Tel Aviv. In summation to the 3 killed, 4 others were wounded, 1 of them critically.
Israeli media identified those killed arsenic Yonatan Havakuk, Boaz Gol and Oren Ben Yiftah, 3 fathers successful their 30s and 40s who unneurotic are survived by 16 children. Funerals volition beryllium held connected Friday.
Ben Yiftah, 35 years aged and the begetter of six, was from the cardinal metropolis of Lod. The city’s mayor, Yair Revivo, said “our bosom breaks into tiny pieces” successful a Facebook post, calling it a “great tragedy.”
Israel marked its Independence Day connected Thursday, a festive nationalist vacation successful which radical typically clasp barbecues and be aerial shows.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz extended a closure connected the West Bank, imposed up of the vacation to forestall Palestinians from entering Israel, to stay successful effect until Sunday.
In Washington, Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the “horrific onslaught targeting guiltless men and women.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose authorities administers autonomous zones successful the Israeli-occupied West Bank and cooperates with Israel connected security, besides condemned the attack.
“The sidesplitting of Palestinian and Israeli civilians leads lone to much deterioration astatine a clip erstwhile each of america effort to execute stableness and forestall escalation,” the authoritative Wafa quality bureau quoted him arsenic saying.
The Palestinian militant radical Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, praised the onslaught and linked it to unit astatine the Jerusalem beatified site.
“The storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque can’t spell unpunished,” Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassem said. “The heroic cognition successful Tel Aviv is simply a applicable translation of what the absorption had warned against.”
The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is the 3rd holiest tract successful Islam and is built connected a hilltop that is the holiest tract for Jews, who notation to it arsenic the Temple Mount. It lies astatine the affectional bosom of the conflict, and Palestinians and Israeli constabulary person clashed determination repeatedly successful caller weeks.
Under informal arrangements known arsenic the presumption quo, Jews are allowed to sojourn the tract but not commune there. In caller years, they person visited successful ever-increasing numbers with constabulary escorts and many person discreetly prayed, angering the Palestinians arsenic good arsenic neighboring Jordan, which is the custodian of the site. The Palestinians person agelong feared that Israel plans to yet instrumentality implicit the tract oregon partition it.
Israel says it is committed to maintaining the presumption quo, and accuses Hamas of inciting the caller violence.
At slightest 18 Israelis person been killed successful 5 attacks since March, including different stabbing rampage successful confederate Israel, 2 shootings successful the Tel Aviv area, and a shooting past play successful a West Bank settlement.
Nearly 30 Palestinians person died successful unit — astir of whom had carried retired attacks oregon were progressive successful confrontations with Israeli forces successful the West Bank. But an unarmed pistillate and 2 evident bystanders were besides among those killed, and rights groups accidental Israel often uses excessive force.
Israel and Hamas fought an 11-day warfare a twelvemonth ago, fueled successful ample portion by akin unrest successful Jerusalem.
Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza and eastbound Jerusalem — which includes Al-Aqsa and different large spiritual sites ineffable to Jews, Christians and Muslims — successful the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians privation each 3 territories to signifier their aboriginal state. The past superior bid talks collapsed much than a decennary ago.
Associated Press writer Fares Akram successful Hamilton, Canada contributed.