According to the Israel Police and Shin Bet security agency, a Palestinian driver was responsible for a car-ramming incident in Tel Aviv earlier this month.
On December 8 on Tel Aviv’s Abarbanel Street, the vehicle’s driver, Ali Hamed, 31, of the hamlet of Silwad near Ramallah, collided with a moped rider.
Police discovered that Hamed had driven a car with Israeli license plates stolen from another vehicle, had crossed the Green Line unlawfully, and did not possess a valid driver’s license.
Hamed acted with a nationalistic intent, according to a Shin Bet probe. He admitted, while being questioned, that he had decided to get retribution for his cousin, who had been murdered the day before in a shootout with Israeli security forces as he attempted to carry out a shooting attack.
On Monday, Hamed was accused of committing terrorist charges.
In a joint statement, the police and Shin Bet stated that “security forces will continue to act in every way to disrupt terrorist attacks and fully prosecute those who conduct assaults.”