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Story highlightsThe "terrorist" stabbed people along a Mediterranean boardwalk near Tel Aviv, police sayU.S. Vice President Joe Biden happened to be in a building nearby at the time
"There is no justification for such acts of terror," the vice president's office said in a statement. "(Biden) expressed sorrow at the tragic loss of American life."
The current “stabbing Intifada” now taking place in Israel—a quasi-uprising in which young Palestinians have been trying, and occasionally succeeding, to kill Jews with knives—is prompted in good part by the same set of manipulated emotions that sparked the anti-Jewish riots of the 1920s: a deeply felt desire on the part of Palestinians to “protect” the Temple Mount from Jews.
For the past six months, Israel has been roiling in its latest wave of violence, although the nation has struggled to define the nature of the violence or the best ways to handle it. These latest attacks have been dubbed the “individual intifada,” or “knife intifada,” by both Israeli and Palestinian news networks, and the perpetrators, many of them young, range widely in background, although in the early days of the attacks, the assailants often hailed from impoverished parts of Arab East Jerusalem. Many of the attackers have used knives, cars, screwdrivers, or other items as unconventional items with which to attack civilians and soldiers both in Israel and the occupied West Bank. Analysts say the attackers have been mobilized by Facebook and social media rather than by organized political parties.
“We are in the midst of a war against ISIS-style Muslim extremist terror,” said Intelligence Minister Israel Katz in an interview Tuesday night on Channel 2. He added that he would soon commit to advancing a bill for the expulsion of terrorists’ families from the country, a demand echoed by many in Israel’s right-wing community as a necessary step toward deterring future attacks.