The incident joins a line of attacks in the West Bank in recent weeks. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon addressed the matter during a visit in Hebron this week. "The past month has seen a series of six attacks, some of them clearly motivated by nationalistic reasons, and others, even if they started as criminal, we regard as nationalistic."
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Ya'alon added that "this is a contagious wave of events and we will act decisively against it. However, there are no signs of an uprising or third Intifada in terms of motivation or organization, but we will prepare for any escalation there might be."
Earlier this month, Col. (res) Sariya Ofer was killed in the Jordan Valley. His wife told security forces that two Palestinians attacked her and her husband with iron bars and axes.
Only a week earlier, nine-year-old Noam Glick was wounded in her yard after a Palestinian infiltrated the settlement of Psagot. It was initially reported that Glick had been fired at but it was later revealed she had been stabbed.
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