Israelis Apprehend Terror Shooter, More Weapons to Keep Civilians Safe

Amid the current terrorism wave, illegal weapons like this one have been seized by Israel this year instead of reaching terrorists. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of ISA.

Last week was another busy one for Israeli security forces, including the weekend, since terrorists don’t take Friday night off. Roughly twenty-four hours after a random shooting of an Israeli vehicle on Friday night, Israeli forces caught two terrorists suspected of the attack. The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed posted the image of a gun captured in the arrest, while IDF Lt. Col. Peter Lerner tweeted that the suspected Palestinian terrorists were captured in a Special Forces operation overnight. He had earlier reported that while there were no injuries in the shooting, the Israeli vehicle had “multiple bullet holes identified” on it.

The successful arrest comes just days after IDF Spokesman Lerner posted to Twitter that the Israelis “uncovered and seized 8 weapons manufacturing machines at a warehouse in Hebron.”

Illegal weapons seizures are a key component of Israeli counterterrorism. A graphic posted to the IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed noted that more than 400 weapons were confiscated in 2016, with dozens of weapons factories seized. And don’t expect that to stop just because the calendar changed.

The IDF Spokesperson’s official account tweeted, “In 2017, the IDF will continue to save Israeli lives by taking illegal firearms off the streets.”

(By Joshua Spurlock,, January 29, 2017)

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