The Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, has given Israeli security forces 'full freedom' to conduct raids and detain anyone suspected of carrying out the gunfire attack that killed three Israelis in Tel-Aviv on Thursday, April 7.
The Palestinian presumed to be responsible for the attack is Raad Hazem, a 28-year-old from Jenin, northern West Bank. Hazem escaped punishment for several hours before being killed in a police shootout. Israeli security, alongside the Shin Bet (domestic intelligence agency), advised residents to stay off the streets during the search for Hazem.
On Friday morning after the attack, PM Naftali Bennett announced while addressing the public in Tel-Aviv, 'there are not and will not be limited for this war. We are granting full freedom of action to the army, the Shin Bet, and all security forces to defeat the terror. Every murderer knows we will find them, everyone who helps a terrorist should know that they will pay a heavy price.'
Israeli occupation forces have been conducting raids in Palestine. In recent weeks, fourteen Israelis have died due to terrorist attacks. According to the Palestinian news agency, twenty-three people, including two children, were detained On April 10. During the operation in Jenin, West Bank, six more people were injured. Since Palestinians are resisting and aggressively defending themselves, The operations have not been peaceful.
Whether the arrests are made with caution and thorough investigation is unclear. Children as young as Fourteen years have been detained on charges of participating in, supporting, and failing to report known attackers. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s encouragement of reckless action from the Israeli security forces has escalated the situation, and Palestinian resistance is strengthening.
The Shin bet announced that no links had been found between Hazem’s Thursday night attack and militant organizations, hence his action was an isolated incident. The Palestinian news agency (Wafa) said the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas does not condone the 'killing of Israeli civilians,' apprising that 'the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians only leads to a further deterioration of the situation.'
According to BBC news, although the Palestinian militant groups, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, have not claimed liability for Raad Hazem’s attack, they supported it.
In Washington, the US government is standing in solidarity with Israel. The US State Secretary, Antony Blinken, condemns all attacks on Israel and supports the country 'resolutely in the face of senseless terrorism and violence' (BBC news).
In light of the multiple deadly attacks in Israel, the convergence of Christian Easter, Muslim Ramadan, and Jewish Passover is placing both Palestine and Israel on high alert in fear of insurgencies.
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