‘Bus attack was an escalation in lone-wolf intifada’

Retired deputy commissioner Arieh Amit, the former commander of the Jerusalem district for Israel Police, spoke with Arutz Sheva about Monday's attack, saying that it represents an escalation in the ongoing wave of terror.

"It's a little early to make an educated guess, we still don't know who the terrorist was. But my estimate is that it appears to be a simple bomb. Certainly not like those we had in the 90s, but rather something improvised. So we can consider this an escalation in the lone-wolf intifada.

"An Arab youth looked up how to make a bomb, got on the bus, and either blew it up or there was a mistake. Of course, this doesn't take away from the panic over the fact that it was a bus and many people were hurt, but it doesn't feel like a Hamas attack and doesn't resemble the bus terror from the 90s and the early 2000s."

Amit believes that, like every year, the holiday period is prone to riots. "Before every big Israeli holiday there are increased political and religious tensions. At this time there are always troubles from their side and also from our side, and we are on high alert.

"We must also wait to see what will happen on the Temple Mount. Hopefully our crazy people, of which there's no shortage, and their crazy people won't decide to do something on Passover."

He added that Israel has trouble in the war on individual terror. "With all of our great strength, we aren't fighting against individual terror on equal grounds. There's no trace of intelligence, we have no idea who, when or what they intend to do."

Amit expressed his doubt over the Prime Minister's claim that the terror wave is waning. "There are ups and downs. It's time that they understand we have no influence at all over the individual intifada, not for good and not for bad. The street decides. A child gets up suddenly and decides to attack."

"If the issue was under control and there was strong leadership on both sides who began to talk, maybe there would be a glimmer of hope. But, for now, there are weak leaders who don't aspire to anything and don't believe in talks. So the street is deciding for now."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/211110

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