The Palestinian terrorists are determined to make no place safe for Israelis. This morning during rush hour a Palestinian, who entered Israel illegally, boarded a Tel Aviv bus during rush hour and proceeded to stab the driver and several passengers. He was shot and wounded by Prisons Service officers who were travelling in a car behind the bus, and is now under arrest.
From the Times of Israel’s report:
A Palestinian man stabbed commuters on a Tel Aviv bus during rush hour in Tel Aviv Wednesday morning, injuring some 15 people, several seriously, police said.
Six of the victims were hospitalized in serious condition, another five were left in a moderate condition, and the remaining four were lightly injured according to initial media reports.
The attacker was identified as a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, 23. He was shot after a short chase and taken into police custody.
The attack occurred at about 7:30 a.m. on a No. 40 bus heading north through the city from Bat Yam.
The attacker first stabbed the bus driver, who attempted to fight back, before attacking others as passengers attempted to escape the scene.
Officers from a prison service who happened to be nearby and saw the bus swerving out of control and a man running away, gave chase, shot the man in the leg, wounding him lightly and subsequently arrested him.
The incident happened at the Maariv Bridge that spans a main artery in the city that was packed with rush hour traffic at the time.
Initial reports said prison service officers who were driving past the scene during the attack saw the assailant making his escape on foot and gave pursuit before shooting him in the leg.
Photographs from the scene that were posted to the Internet showed the attacker lying on the ground in handcuffs.
From The Times of Israel live-blog of the event:
Dan Bus Company praises the heroic bus driver:
“The Dan company wishes and prays for the speedy recovery of all those injured in the stabbing attack this morning in Tel Aviv.
“The driver who operated according to the instructions of the company’s security officer and security officials displayed resourcefulness, bravery, and heroism to protect the passengers, while he was seriously wounded with a deep stab wound in his chest. Dan bus drivers stand at the front every day, this is their job and they will continue to do it.”…
A colleague of the bus driver seriously hurt in the attack tells Channel 2 that the driver called him after being stabbed, and told him, “If anything happens to me, look out for my children.”
The driver fought with the attacker, and managed to hit him with pepper spray.
Binyamin Netanyahu rightly placed the blame squarely at the feet of Palestinian “President-for-Life” Mahmoud Abbas for his incitement and encouragement of terror:
“The attack in Tel Aviv is the direct result of the poisonous incitement spread by the Palestinian Authority toward the Jews and their state. The same terror tries to harm us in Paris, Brussels, and everywhere.”
“The ones who rushed to praise this attack are Hamas, Abu Mazen’s partners in the unity government,” he continued, referring to PA President Mahmoud Abbas. “This is the same Hamas that announced they would sue Israel in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
“For the incitement, and for the dangerous move in the Hague court, Abu Mazen is responsible.”
Certainly the attack is already being praised in the Arab world, with another hateful cartoon already being circulated in the Arab media:
The world’s reaction will probably a yawn, or something along the lines of the following, as some wit cynically remarked: