Tel Aviv Bomber Helped by Israeli Arabs

Defense Minister Sha’ul Mofaz says that the terrorist who carried out the attack in Tel Aviv Friday night did not arrive in Tel Aviv by bypassing the separation fence.

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The Defense Minister said that a preliminary investigation has ruled out the possibility that the terrorist reached Tel Aviv through a gap in the fence’s route.

Mofaz made his comments in response to harsh attacks by pro-fence elements, among them former Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Uzi Dayan, who said that the attack could have been prevented if the government had built the barrier faster.

Despite a gag order on the exact details of how the terrorist made his way to the crowded Tel Aviv beachfront, it has been repeatedly reported that the bomber was driven to the site of the attack by an Arab Israeli driver. Bystanders reported seeing the terrorist dropped off by a group of Arabs driving a white Subaru with Israeli license plates.

Israeli Arabs travel freely between Judea, Samaria, Gaza and pre-1967 Israel.

Since the beginning of the Oslo War, terror organizations increasingly have taken advantage of Arab Israelis, with or without their knowledge. The Shin Bet security service said that from the beginning of the violence until August 2004, 111 Arab Israelis have been involved in attacks or the planning of attacks.