BICOM Briefing: Terror attack in Tel Aviv


Following the shooting that took place in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market on Wednesday 08 June, BICOM’s research team has produced a briefing on the terror attack that killed four Israelis and wounded at least 16 others.

Key Points:

  • The attack should be seen in the context of the Palestinian wave of violence since October 2015 but constitutes the first deadly attack since March. The fact the perpetrators had makeshift weapons, no history of security offences, and were not on the radar of the intelligence services is indicative of the so called ‘lone wolf Intifada.’
  • Many details of the attack, such as how the perpetrators entered Israel, how they procured their weapons and whether they have any affiliations to Palestinian terrorist groups are still not fully known.
  • The attack poses difficult dilemmas to security establishment and new defence minister Lieberman over how to strengthen Israeli deterrence and prevent future attacks without punishing the Palestinian population. With increased sensitivity during the month of Ramadan, Israel will be on security alert in the coming days with heightened vigilance across country.

The full briefing is available as a PDF below.

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