Palestinian planning to carry out terror attack arrested in central Israel

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man from eastern Jerusalem who is suspected of planning to carry out a terror attack in central Israel was arrested after a large-scale manhunt.

The suspect, 20, reportedly left his house Tuesday after having a fight with his father and threatening to commit a terror attack. He also drove through a police checkpoint in Jerusalem.

His car was found later in the center of Herzliya, located north of Tel Aviv.

He was caught later on Tuesday in Herzliya and taken for interrogation.

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Also on Tuesday, a reserve duty soldier was wounded and his Palestinian assailant shot and killed in a stabbing attack in Gush Etzion in the West Bank.

The attacker got out of a car at the traffic junction in front of the Alon Shvut settlement where a group of soldiers were standing. He stabbed one of the soldiers in the face and hand before being shot and killed by other soldiers there.

The attacker was identified as a 21-year-old Palestinian from the Bethlehem area.

The Gush Etzion junction has been the site of several stabbing and car-ramming attacks in recent months.

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