February 10, 2010: Cop commits fatal stabbing in West Bank

On February 10, 2010 an officer with the Palestinian Authority police fatally stabbed an Israeli Druze soldier in the West Bank.

TAPUAH JUNCTION, PALESTINE – Stopping terrorists is hard enough without having to worry about those whom you think are on your side.

In the world of counter-terrorism there are lots of players. In some circumstances the military is the most logical lead agency (the recent killing of Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi by US Special Forces is a really good example, as were the previous killings of his predecessor Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi and Al Qaeda (AQ) head honcho Usama bin Laden).

In others the best-placed teams are those in security intelligence (think MI5 or CSIS) as this is squarely within their mandate. Another valued partner is law enforcement: in the end, if arrest and prosecution are the goals you need these folks onside.

Standing on guard for THEE! (Photo: Government of Canada)

So what if a member of an otherwise trusted law enforcement organisation actually carries out a terrorist act?

On this day in 2010

An officer with the Palestinian Authority police fatally stabbed an Israeli Druze soldier in the West Bank as he waited at a red light in Tapuah Junction. The officer, wearing civilian clothes, approached the jeep and pulled out a knife, thrusting into the soldier who tried to escape by pressing down on the gas pedal. Unfortunately his jeep flipped over on the side of the road when he lost consciousness: he later died in hospital.

This attack comes amid an increase in terror attacks. Since the beginning of 2010, IDF troops have prevented 20 stabbing attacks and uncovered 12 bombs.

Samaria Brigade commander Col. Itzhik Bar

Israel-Palestine relations are bad enough without having a cop kill a soldier. This also undermines the Palestinian claim they are for peace. RIP St.-Sgt. Maj. Ihab Khatib.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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