After the second attack in as many weeks by Arab terrorists against Israelis using cars, Hamas websites are glorifying the new “car intifada,” with vehicles now replacing rockets as the weapon of choice against Israelis.
On Wednesday, one person was killed and at least 13 were wounded in Jerusalem, when a terrorist drove his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians at the Shimon Hatzadik train station, north of the Old City and not far from the Municipality building.
The attack was similar to one that occurred in later October, when a terrorist rammed his vehicle into a crowd waiting for a train in Jerusalem.
Common to both attacks is that they were carried out by Hamas terrorists who were residents of Jerusalem – and licensed drivers who had access to vehicles.
Hamas and Fatah websites have apparently realized they have a new terror weapon on their hands, and since Wednesday's attack, sites have been full of caricatures, photos, and instructions on the best way to carry out such attacks.
It appeared that Arabs were paying attention to the messages: In a new attack Wednesday night, an Arab driver attempted to run over soldiers in Gush Etzion, as they stood on guard duty near a stand outside of Kafr Al-Arub.
The driver then fled from the scene, driving southward. Security forces located the car a short time later, but the driver was nowhere to be found. Three IDF soldiers were injured in the attack.
Jerusalem Arabs who hold Israeli ID cards are able to drive anywhere in the country, while Palestinian Authority licensed drivers are restricted to roads in Judea and Samaria – including roads in Area C, which is under Israeli civilian and military control.