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Terrorists Attempt Attack on Yitzhar

by Maayana Miskin

( Arab terrorists attempted to attack Yitzhar again on Saturday as leftists and Arabs arrived in the area to harvest olives. Yitzhar residens notified the IDF after spotting two suspicious-looking Arab men wandering near the town on Saturday afternoon.

The suspects fled towards a nearby Arab village when soldiers arrived at the scene. The IDF searched the area and found a grenade that was apparently meant to explode when the soldiers arrived, but it failed to detonate. Sappers destroyed it in a controlled explosion.

Residents of Yitzhar said the incident took place just as dozens of leftist Israelis led by kibbutz movement leader Yoel Maharshak arrived with a group of Arabs. The Arabs and leftists said they had come to harvest olives and walked to an area just north of the town.

Some residents accused Maharshak and the others of deliberately putting residents of Yitzhar in danger by cooperating with hostile Arabs. “It’s not surprising, but definitely worrying,” they said, adding, “Secular Israeli terrorists like Tali Fahima, the anarchists and Yoel Maharshak are the finished product of incitement against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria.”

The attempted attack took place near the Tekuma neighborhood, which was the target of an arson attack two months earlier, also on the Sabbath. A fire set by Arabs from the nearby village of Urif burned down one house, whose occupants had traveled elsewhere for the Sababth and threatened the neighborhood before it was extinguished. The terrorists stabbed a young boy who discovered them, and he suffered light to moderate wounds. The arson attack was one of eight reported over the past three months.

Samaria regional council head Gershon Mesika thanked the soldiers for their actions and said the attempted attack on Saturday served to demonstrate the strong ties between Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and the IDF. “In these days of incitement and attempts to create a false barrier between Jews in Judea and Samaria and the army, at the moment of truth, as always, we stand arm in arm against the true enemy,” he said.

Other representatives of Samaria’s Jews criticized Israeli leftists for failing to respond to Saturday’s attempted attack. “One wonders how they would react if the roles had been reversed,” they said. Leftist groups have often slammed Jewish residents of Samaria for alleged attacks on Arabs, they added.

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