An Israeli woman is dead after she was mowed down by a Palestinian driver who fled the scene and left the woman to die.
The apparent vehicular jihad took place on Thursday near the Jewish community of Havat Gilad in central Samaria.
“United Hatzalah EMS volunteers performed CPR on a woman who was critically injured in a car-ramming incident near Havat Gilad. Unfortunately, following a lengthy resuscitative effort, paramedics at the scene were forced to pronounce her death due to the severity of her injuries,” United Hatzalah said in a statement.
United Hatzalah is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service that provides free emergency medical response throughout Israel.
Israel Defense Forces confirmed the car-ramming incident in a statement on Twitter, erected roadblocks at the entrance of the Palestinian city of Nablus, and inspected vehicles in an effort to locate suspects.
Initial report: moments ago, a car-ramming incident occurred near the community of Havat Gilad. The details of the incident are being looked into
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 16, 2018
A senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official confirmed that a 63-year-old male had turned himself into the police and insisted that he “accidentally” ran the Jewish woman over. According to the official, the man is in custody and will face the PA judicial system. However, authorities have not yet released his name.
Samaria Regional Council chairman Yossi Dagan insisted the incident was a terror attack.
“From the point of view of the military commanders in the field, and from our point of view as well, this is a terror attack for all intents and purposes,” he claimed.
The leader of the community in Samaria also believes the car ramming was an act of terrorism given the fact that there were no apparent skid marks to indicate that the driver slammed on the brakes or made an attempt to slow down. “This is another terror attack, a cold-blooded murder of a Samaria resident on a central road in the State of Israel.”
A spokesperson for the Samaria Regional Council said the woman was killed by the Palestinian driver near the site of a terrorist attack that took place in January, when Rabbi Raziel Shevach was shot dead by a Hamas terrorist.
Israeli security forces are investigating the woman’s death.
Baghdad Bombings Could Give Biden Administration Excuse to Increase US Presence in Iraq
The first major Baghdad bombings in three years happen on Joe Biden’s first full day as president.
Two suicide bombings rocked a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding over 100. As of now no one has claimed responsibility, although Iraqi military leaders suspect the Islamic State, the paramilitary group often referred to as “ISIS” in years past.
Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the first suicide bomber shouted in the marketplace that he was not feeling well, and when a group of people drew near him, he detonated an explosive belt he was wearing. Not long after that, a second suicide bomber then detonated his own belt several feet away.
This was Baghdad’s first major bombing in three years, and interestingly enough it came on the first full day of Joe Biden’s presidency. Even the Associated Press pointed out that “many questioned the timing of the attack.”
“The US-led coalition recently ceased combat activities and is gradually drawing down its troop presence in Iraq,” the article reads.
The Jerusalem Post also writes that the bombings provide Biden with “an early opportunity to show US support for Iraq.”
“Biden has said that the US is ‘back’ and the world can expect the US to care again about foreign policy and work multilaterally to solve problems,” said the Post.
All this leads many to believe that the Biden administration will once again increase the US presence in Iraq, thereby dragging us deeper into a situation that the Trump administration had been eager to get out of.
This is not the first time that a Middle Eastern tragedy has coincided with a change of power. In March of 2017, two months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Assad government in Syria allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people, leading to international outcry and the Trump administration’s unilateral decision to launch an April 7 missile strike on the Syrian government’s Shayrat Airbase.
Bombings and attacks have also been known to happen shortly after the US announces commitments to scale back military operations.
Perhaps groups like the Islamic State feel emboldened by such announcements and power changes. In any case, the military-industrial complex often uses such attacks to justify never-ending involvement in the Middle East. As of now, however, it still remains to be seen what they will do as a result of Thursday’s bombings, if anything. Fingers crossed that it’s not much.
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