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Terror Attacks Threaten Fragile Peace Between Israel and Palestinian Territories

MIN READMar 30, 2022 | 22:13 GMT

Mourners attend the funeral of Yaakov Shalom, one of the five people killed in yesterday's shooting attack in the religious town of Bnei Brak, at the Yarkon cemetery in the Israeli city of Petah Tikva on March 30, 2022.

Mourners attend the funeral of Yaakov Shalom, one of the five people killed in yesterday's shooting attack in the religious town of Bnei Brak, at the Yarkon cemetery in the Israeli city of Petah Tikva on March 30, 2022.

(JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

A spate of terror attacks in Israel threatens to upend the frail peace between Jews and Arabs, which could spark another war in Gaza in a less likely scenario. A Palestinian gunman from the West Bank killed five people in the ultra-orthodox Israeli town of Bnei Brak outside Tel Aviv on March 29, the third such terror attack in just over a week. In response, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that 1,000 Israeli Defense Force troops would support the police in anti-terror operations, and security forces would sweep the West Bank and the West Bank-Israel border to prevent further attacks. Israeli politicians also condemned the attack, as did Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in a rare statement. Militant groups Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Hamas celebrated the attack without taking responsibility for it. Meanwhile, in Bnei Brak, Jewish crowds chanted "death to Arabs" and destroyed the gunman's alleged...

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