Netanyahu: Accomplice to Tel Aviv Terror Attack Arrested

Prime minister reveals apprehension despite a sweeping gag order on details of the investigation.

Gili Cohen
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Netanyahu at the scene of the Tel Aviv shooting attack, June 8, 2016.
Netanyahu at the scene of the Tel Aviv shooting attack, June 8, 2016.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Gili Cohen

Israel has arrested an accomplice in Wednesday's attack in central Tel Aviv, which left four Israelis dead, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Thursday.

The two terrorists from Yatta, a West Bank town near Hebron, who shot restaurant goers at the Sarona Market Tel Aviv complex, were arrested on Wednesday night. The police arrested the accomplice, Netanyahu revealed on Thursday evening at a during a press conference at the scene of the attack. It should be noted that a sweeping gag order was issued on details of the investigation.

"We have decided on a series of aggressive steps. We have surrounded Yatta," Netanyahu announced. "We caught the man who collaborated," referring to the third arrestee.

Netanyahu also mentioned measures of collective penalties Israel was taking against Palestinians. "We revoked work permits of hundreds of members of their clan and we rescinded entry permits, and we decided to take other steps that I will not detail," he said.

The prime minster then addressed reactions to the attack. "I heard the sharp condemnations from countries around the world," he said. "I didn't hear as such from the Palestinian Authority, and I did hear the celebrations." Indeed, some Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza publicly cheered news of the deadly attack. At the same time, the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas did issue a condemnation on Thursday.