Daily Israel Report

Mass Attack Prevented, IDF Officer is Killed

A Palestinian terrorist, prevented from crossing the Green Line, blew himself up near a group of Israelis and Arabs near Tul Karem. One Israeli and three Arabs are dead, nine people were wounded.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 12/29/2005, 2:07 PM / Last Update: 12/29/2005, 10:23 AM

The attack occurred shortly before 10 AM. Warnings of a possible terrorist attack planned for a densely-populated area in Israel had been received - as has been the case in many areas over the past weeks.

At one of the impromptu checkpoints set up in the area as a result, soldiers stopped a suspicious-looking car and began to check the occupants. At one point, one of the passengers got out and, realizing he would not be allowed to proceed to his destination in an Israeli population center, detonated the explosives he was wearing under his clothing.

The IDF officer who tried to check the terrorist was killed, and three soldiers were wounded - one of them in serious condition. Two of the wounded were evacuated to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, and another one was flown to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera. In addition to the three Arabs who were reported killed, six more were lightly wounded.

The name of the killed officer was publicized after his family was notified: Lt. Uri Binamo, 21, of Kibbutz Nesher. "I am so proud of that boy," his father told Ynet. "We have lost a boy who gave his soul to the country... He would often visit his soldiers, to make sure they didn't have problems at home, rather than come home himself." Uri is survived by his parents and three younger sisters. He will be buried in the Haifa Military Cemetery Friday morning.

It had originally been thought that two terrorists blew themselves up, but it then became clear that a woman standing nearby was not involved in the attack.

MKs Uri Ariel (National Union) and Ehud Yatom (Likud) said that the current increase in terrorism is fueled by the government's soft response to Kassam attacks from Gaza and other terrorist activities.

A soldier was stabbed this afternoon in his neck at the Atarot industrial zone north of Jerusalem, and is listed in moderate condition. Another attempted stabbing nearby, at the Kalandia checkpoint in the same area, was thwarted last night. Earlier this month, Border Guard Sgt. Nir Kahane was stabbed to death at that checkpoint.

Today's attack brings the total number of terrorist casualties this month to eight.