New information on the terrorist that killed four Israeli’s in Beersheba on Tuesday revealed that the man was convicted in the past on terrorism charges and served four years in prison.
Mohammad Ghaleb Abu al-Qi’an was given a light sentence and was released from prison in 2019 despite being pronounced a terrorist. According to local media reports, he was deemed a “ticking time bomb” by prosecutors after he attempted to join ISIS.
At the time, Judge Yoel Eden considered the terror-related crimes severe, but gave a relatively light sentence because he believed he was no longer a threat. In addition, the prosecution only requested a relatively light sentence in the first place. The prosecution asked for a five-year sentence, but the judge sentenced him to four years, which is considered at the low end for the crimes he committed.
At the trial, the prosecution said, “The State of Israel is a country plagued by terror, and the security damage is made much more severe when it’s caused by Israeli citizens. Criminals like the defendant are a ticking time bomb, and it’s impossible to know when the countdown will begin.”
And this statement did indeed come true. Meanwhile, the US condemned the terror attack by an Arab Israeli knifeman on Tuesday that killed four Israelis and wounded several others in the southern city of Beersheba. “The United States strongly condemns the abhorrent terrorist attack today in Beersheba, Israel, which killed four people and injured others,” State Department Ned Price said.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families and our prayers for full recovery are with the wounded. We stand ready to provide support to the Israeli government’s efforts to investigate this heinous crime,” he added.