Israeli security forces thwarted another terrorist attack, arresting two Palestinians outside the Tekoa community in the West Bank on Tuesday, according to a Jerusalem Post report.
One of the suspects. Muhammed Abu Eisha, is the nephew of the terrorist Amar Abu Eisha, suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli youth – Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Shaar – in June.
Amar Abu Eisha was killed in a shootout with Israeli forces in September. His nephew Muhammed went missing over the weekend, prompting a security alert in and around Hebron and a search to find him before any attack.
Tekoa residents were able to apprehend one of the suspects near the community’s security fence while the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) detained the second suspect. Both Palestinians intended to carry out terrorist attacks on Israelis and one was carrying a knife.
This latest incident comes in context of increased Palestinian terrorist attacks targeting Israeli civilians and soldiers. Various Palestinian factions, including the Mahmoud Abbas-led Fatah movement, actively encourage violence and systematically glorify terrorist attacks against Israelis.
Click here for a comprehensive Investigative Project on Terrorism outline of recent attacks and major examples of Palestinian incitement.