Hamas leader’s threats days before Elad terror attack take on new meaning
(May 5, 2022 / JNS) Following a deadly terror attack on Thursday night in the Israeli town of Elad, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, is again drawing attention to a speech he gave earlier this week calling for lone wolf attacks with guns, cleavers and axes. and knives.
Security forces are searching for the attackers who killed three Israelis and injured at least four people, two seriously, in Elad as crowds celebrated Israel’s 74th birthday. The suspects, who attacked people in the city’s main park near Ibn Gvirol Street, are believed to be armed with an ax and possibly a firearm.
According to a Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) report, in his April 30 speech, Sinwar said, “Our people under occupation inside [Israel] in the Negev… the Galilee, Haifa, Jaffa, Akko and Lod – whoever has a gun must prepare it, and whoever does not have a gun must prepare his cleaver, his ax or his knife.
He also praised the terrorist who carried out a recent attack in the West Bank settlement of Ariel in which an Israeli security officer was killed.
The Hamas leader further said “we must prepare for a big war if Israel doesn’t stop harming the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” a long-standing anti-Semitic trope that annoys would-be agitators against the Jewish state.