Assault at Modi'in Construction Site Was a Terror Attack, IDF Says

Palestinian construction worker assaulted Israeli foreman with a blunt object and another worker at adjacent construction site.

Gili Cohen
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Scene of the Modiin suspected terror attack, December 15, 2015.
Scene of the Modiin suspected terror attack, December 15, 2015.Credit: Magen David Adom
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

The Israel Defense Forces announced Monday that the Palestinian construction worker who assaulted two Israelis in Modi'in last week was politically motivated.

IDF forces mapped 39-year-old Ismail al-Hadidi's house in Beit Lakia late Tuesday night before determining the attack's motivations and dubbing the assailant "a terrorist."

The army originally reported that al-Hadidi, who attacked the foreman with a hammer and another worker at an adjacent site, had a work permit and was legally employed at the construction site.

The Shin Bet, who handled Al-Hadidi's interrogation following the attack, originally suspected the crime had political motivations.

Al-Hadidi is the second attacker who received a permit to enter Israel legally. Raad Halil, who carried out the attack in Tel Aviv in November, also held a permit from Israeli authorities.

However, Halil's permit allowed only for movement in and out of Israel, and not act as work permit. Unlike Halil, al-Hadidi was chosen by his employer to work in Israel.

According to Shin Bet statistics, 16 other assailants who committed attacks within the green line were in Israel illegally and entered the country through gaps in the seperation barrier.

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