Palestinian Terrorist Drives Car Into Israeli Soldiers, As PA Rejects U.S. Peace Deal

A Palestinian terrorist drove a car into a group of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers early Thursday morning, according to the IDF spokesperson’s unit. The IDF says twelve soldiers were injured in the attack, one of whom is in serious condition.

The IDF posted an update Thursday evening, announcing it had apprehended the suspect.

Tensions have flared in the region since the Palestinians vehemently rejected the peace plan, which was presented by President Donald Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on January 28. However, rockets have been flying into Israel for years, even after the Knesset withdrew Israelis from Gaza in 2005.

Initial reports from The Jerusalem Post indicated that fifteen soldiers were injured, but the IDF reiterated that only twelve soldiers were wounded. The Post added that security forces found the suspect’s vehicle in a driveway in Beit Jala, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

“Together with other EMS personnel, I treated one young man who was in serious condition after he suffered a full-system-trauma,” United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Aharon Pomp, one of the first responders at the scene, said in a press release. “I also treated two other young people who sustained moderate injuries. Due to the nature of the incident, United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit were dispatched to the scene and treated eight people who were suffering from emotional or psychological shock.”

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin responded to the vehicle attack on Twitter.

“Praying for the recovery of the injured soldiers being treated in hospital today,” Rivlin wrote. “I am confident the forces pursuing the perpetrator will find him soon and bring him to justice. We will not allow despicable terrorism to raise its head and will fight it without compromise.”

Earlier Thursday morning, the IDF said it was holding Hamas responsible for launching rockets and explosive balloons from the Gaza Strip into Israel. On Wednesday, a balloon batch with a suspected explosive landed in the vicinity of a kindergarten in southern Israel, prompting staff members to rush the students away from it.