Ch. 2 pundit: “It’s impossible to disconnect this terror attack from its context”

According to Channel 2 News’ Ohad Hemo, the Israel Police will most likely rule that yesterday’s terror attack was connected to Hamas due to the terrorist organization’s incitement routine, which is also directed at Israel’s Arab community.

Watch: The doors to the Temple Mount remain closed (Video Credit: Shogim L'Yamin)

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A day after the deadly terror attack in Jerusalem, which claimed the lives of two Druze Israel Police officers, the Temple Mount area remains under tight security. After the terror attack, Israel shut down the holy site. On Saturday evening, it will be decided whether to gradually reopen the Temple Mount starting Sunday morning.

According to Channel 2 News’ Ohad Hemo, Israel’s decision to shut down the holy site is the top concern of the Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Gaza. Hemo stated that Palestinian media outlets are reporting that this is the first time since 1969 that the holy site has been closed off to worshippers and visitors.

Muslims praying outside of Temple Mount on Friday Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Channel 2 News’ Palestinian affairs correspondent added that “it’s impossible to disconnect this terror attack from its context, and the context is Al-Aqsa Mosque.” Hemo said that the terror attack is also “another battle between Fatah and Hamas,” explaining that while Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas condemned the terror attack during a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hamas rejoiced when hearing the news and praised the terrorists.

Thus, Hemo concludes, even though the terrorists’ motives have still not been determined, the Israel Police will most likely find that Hamas’ incitement routine, which is also directed at Israeli Arabs, had something to do with deadly terror attack and the terrorists.



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