Why Was The Terrorist From Lebanon Trying To Reach Jenin?

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi tour the Israeli-Lebanese border on March 16, 2023. (Elad Malka/Defense Ministry)

Further details about the terrorist who infiltrated Israel from Lebanon and perpetrated a terror attack in northern Israel were revealed on Thursday morning.

After the terrorist planted an explosive device near the Megiddo Junction, he intended to travel to Jenin. Investigators believe that he intended to carry out another attack and was trying to confound Shin Bet investigators by leading them to Jenin rather than Lebanon.

A senior security official said that all clues point to the Hezbollah terror organization being involved in the attack as no one crosses the Lebanese border without their knowledge, a concerning sign that Hezbollah may be seeking to escalate tensions with Israel.

Will Israel respond? The official said that if the security establishment confirms that Hezbollah orchestrated the attack, “there will be a response but Israel will determine when and how.”

The explosive device placed at the side of the road was extremely powerful. The Israeli-Arab who was severely injured by the explosion was driving on the opposite side of the road – over ten meters from the bomb. If a bus had chalilah passed on the same side as the bomb, the explosion would have had devastating results.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)