It’s not called a “fifth column” for nothing.
Newsflash, Israel has always been a target of jihad, that this islamonazi managed to get a (real) assault weapon, and use it, owes more to a crack in the intelligence community’s early warning radar system than to anything else (PC politics at play here?). That he wanted to save his own life by fleeing doesn’t necessarily mean he has nothing against being a shaheed, it’s just that he wasn’t quite finished with his overall murder spree.
NOTE: The koran in his backpack should be a good indicator for his motivation to murder Jews.
Tel Aviv shooting may have been Israel’s first taste of Paris-style jihadism
Nashat Milhem, a 29-year-old Israeli, doesn’t quite fit the profile of a Palestinian terrorist. Is Israel becoming vulnerable to a new kind of homegrown terror?
BY AVI ISSACHAROFF January 3, 2016, 9:00 am
Memorial candles spell out the names of victims Alon Bakal and Shimon Ruimi, outside the Simta pub on Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv, on January 02. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)Memorial candles spell out the names of victims Alon Bakal and Shimon Ruimi, outside the Simta pub on Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv, on January 02.
TERROR ATTACKS TEL AVIV NASHAT MILHEM
At this point in the investigation, while the main suspect in Friday’s attack in Tel Aviv has yet to be apprehended, it is hard to see many similarities to the Palestinian terror attacks we have known in the last three months, or even in past years.
If the attack was indeed carried out by Nashat Milhem, a 29-year-old Israeli citizen from Arara, a village in northern Israel — as police suspect — then it is not part of the “third intifada,” or an attempt to identify with the Palestinians. It’s different in style, in method, in the attacker’s flight from the scene. It wasn’t a suicide attack, or the sort of self-sacrificial attacks that took place in 2001, when armed Palestinians would charge restaurants or other entertainment venues and shoot indiscriminately until they were shot dead.
Was Nashat Milhem inspired by IS? Possibly. The Shin Bet busts cells or individuals planning to launch Islamic State-inspired attacks on an almost weekly basis. Islamic State succeeded in inspiring more than a few Arab Israelis to go fight in Syria and Iraq. It is possible others prefer to remain in Israel and murder apostates here, rather than make the long journey to the lands of IS. It is possible that, in the end, someone from the Israeli Arab community will be able to evade and penetrate Israel’s imperfect intelligence coverage in order to carry out an attack of this sort.
Islamic State’s own leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emphasized the importance of the Palestinian theater in his last public address, even vowing to attack the Jews, so it is not unreasonable to conclude that the speech may have inspired a few bad seeds in the Arab Israeli community, or even a single bad seed who reportedly already suffered from other problems, including a drug habit.