Tel Aviv attack raises questions on relations with Arab-Israeli minority

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2-L) visits the scene of a shooting attack at the entrance of the cafe in Tel Aviv, Israel, 02 January 2016. An Israeli-Arab man opened fire with an automatic weapon killing two people on 01 January 2016. A man hunt is still underway for the 29-year old suspect who escaped after spraying the cafe with automatic fire. Israeli police widened a manhunt for an Arab-Israeli gunman focusing their searches on greater Tel Aviv and surrounding areas, Israel Radio reported.

The assailant’s lawyer suggests the man was psychologically challenged and this is not a politically significant act; the Prime Minister calls on the minority to be loyal to the State of Israel.


A member of the Arab-Israeli minority in his 20s killed two people and wounded seven in central Tel Aviv on Friday. Such solo-terrorist attacks are not infrequent. The latest stubbing attack in Tel Aviv took place on November 2nd and also resulted in two casualties. What is significant now is that the assailant was an Israeli citizen.

On January 1st, the young man entered a health food store with protective eyeglasses and a windbreaker. There, he pulled out a machine pistol and moved outdoors...


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