Two Israelis were killed Friday morning when Palestinian terrorists opened fire at them in the Nitzane Shalom industrial complex near Tulkarm.
IDF troops and police were at the scene and were searching for the shooters.
According to the preliminary investigation, at least one terrorist arrived at one of the factories in the complex and opened fire at the two.
The gunmen had initially intended to infiltrate Israel but returned to the industrial complex after they were unable to penetrate the security barrier, Army Radio reported.
The Nitzane Shalom complex was built in 1995. It houses nine factories that provide jobs to many Palestinians from the West Bank.
Al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad's military wing and the Izz al-Din al-Qassam, Hamas' military wing, have assumed shared responsibility for the shooting attack near Nitzanei Oz.
The organizations claimed that the attack’s executer is a terrorist wanted by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, who arrived at Qalansuwa village disguised as a woman. Later on, the terrorist changed into worker’s garments and advanced towards the factory, where he executed the attack “dedicated to Gaza’s residents.”
It is again important to understand the mindset that plans and executes such horror. The terrorists planned to enter Israel and kill civilians there and when they couldn't they decided to attack Jews that were a bit easier to reach.
And every terror organization is claiming credit for the attack:
Five Palestinian resistance factions have claimed responsibility for shooting dead two Israeli security guards in the Tulkarem industrial zone on Friday.The Palestinian Arab press will spin this into an attack on "settlers" even though it is clear that their goal is to kill any Jews they can find on either side of the Green Line.
The military wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds brigades and the Al-Qassam Brigades the military wing of Hamas, also claimed responsibility for the operation in Tulkarem.
Notice that the Al Aqsa Brigades - our moderate friends whom the PA has claimed no longer exists, and some of whose members just received amnesty from Israel yesterday - is happily taking responsibility.
Most importantly, think about the natural Israeli reaction to an attack like this:
It will mean that Arab women from the territories will be subjected to much more rigorous screening.
It will also result in Arabs losing their jobs as Israeli employers get naturally more jittery about the security of their workers.
In other words, the net effect will be to make the Palestinian Arab lives much more miserable. But since they successfully managed to murder a couple of 50-something Jews, to their sick minds this is a victory.
And you will not find many Palestinian Arabs who disagree.