Suspect was arrested shortly after fleeing the scene (Illustrative)
Suspect was arrested shortly after fleeing the scene (Illustrative) Thinkstock

A Jewish man who stabbed an Arab worker in the northern city of Herzliya has admitted doing so "for nationalistic reasons," according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri.

The attacker, who witnesses said shouted "death to the Arabs" before carrying out the attack, was arrested shortly after fleeing the scene on foot. He has been identified as a 36-year-old resident of the city, according to police.

The victim, a municipal cleaner from the Galilee village of Kafr Manda, was lightly injured in the attack, suffering "a superficial stab wound to the upper body" according to medics. 

He was given first aid treatment at the scene before being evacuated to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba.

Israel has seen a wave of attacks by Arab extremists in recent months, including fatal stabbing and "car terror" attacks, in which Arab drivers have used their vehicles to mow down Jewish pedestrians.

But despite the general outrage in Israel over the attacks - which have killed or seriously wounded scores of people, including a number of children - such attacks by Jewish extremists are far rarer.

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