Late Friday afternoon, before the start of the Sabbath in Israel, IDF forces apprehended a Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab a soldier at the Azzun junction in Samaria. The soldier was unhurt by the terrorist, who is reportedly in his 20s.
According to the IDF, the stabbing occurred as soldiers were carrying out a routine patrol near the junction. After noticing a suspicious vehicle and pulling it over for inspection, the soldiers noticed one of the passengers had a suspicious object in his pocket. After asking the terrorist to empty his pockets, he pulled out a knife and attempted to stab an IDF soldier.
The attempted stabbing attack is the latest in a series of attempted terror attacks against IDF soldiers by Palestinian Arabs.
On Wednesday night, Israeli security officials arrested a terrorist near an IDF base in the Binyamin region who was trying to attack IDF soldiers stationed in the area. The stabber reportedly lunged out at the soldiers, shouting anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks.
On Tuesday, a Palestinian terrorist was arrested by security forces near the town of Beit El attempting to stab a soldier at an IDF base. According to a statement by the IDF, the terrorist was holding a knife in one hand, a PLO flag in the other, and was shouting “Allahu Akbar” before entering the base.
On Monday, a terrorist opened fire on Israeli security forces stationed at the Tapuah Junction in Samaria. Soldiers returned fire and killed the terrorist. The shooting attack came three days after a Palestinian suicide bomber was caught at the same location.