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Security Expert: Lone-Wolf Islamist Terrorists Everywhere, Including in US, Inspired by Palestinian Attacks Against Israelis (INTERVIEW)

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International security consultant and political risk analyst Dr. Joshua Gleis.

International security consultant and political risk analyst Dr. Joshua Gleis. Photo Joshuagleis.com.

Lone-wolf Islamist terrorists around the world — including in the US — are drawing inspiration from Palestinian attacks against Israelis, an international security consultant and political risk analyst told The Algemeiner on Sunday, a day after eight people were stabbed at a mall in Minnesota (for which ISIS claimed responsibility), and 29 people were wounded in a bomb blast in New York City.

“We are going to see a rise in mass stabbings and vehicle-rammings by those with Islamist leanings, because they see how effective such methods are in places like Israel and they want to mimic it,” Dr. Joshua Gleis, president of Gleis Security Consulting, predicted for The Algemeiner. “The bottom line is that people are learning from one another.”

The surge of Palestinian violence against Israelis that began a year ago has seen countless stabbing and car-ramming attacks. The latest of these, as reported by The Algemeiner, took place on Sunday morning, in a settlement south of Jerusalem.

Regarding Saturday’s mall attack in St. Cloud, Gleis said, “It was most likely homegrown. It’s not like somebody sent this guy over from Yemen to do it. It’s much more likely he was indoctrinated online, did very little training, if any at all, and went out to conduct the attack. Anybody can buy a knife.”

Gleis highlighted the tough security task this presents. “Those seeking to do us harm are trying to find ways to do so before they get caught,” he said. “And they understand that if they are part of a large plot, there is a much greater chance of getting caught.”

Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are taking the danger “very seriously,” Gleis said.

“The threat is evolving, and as a result, law enforcement is studying and learning to understand it,” he noted. “Law enforcement has actually been very good at thwarting many of these incidents, most of which don’t make the news. But, as the expression goes, the terrorists only have to be right once, while law enforcement has to be right every time.”

Referring to Saturday’s bombing in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, Gleis said, “The type of explosive that was used is a very common one. It is made from chemicals you can buy in a drug store. These are the easiest bombs to build and the hardest for law enforcement to find.”

In the short term, Gleis said, lone-wolf attacks in the US would likely not reach the “same scale or deadliness as we see in Europe now.” However, he cautioned, “That is something to be concerned about in the future.” And the more successful attacks there are, the more other would-be lone-wolves will be encouraged, increasing the likelihood of further attacks, Gleis said.

“Unfortunately, I think the trend is going to continue to rise, as long as people see such attacks as being effective,” he said.

In light of this threat, Gleis called for greater security vigilance. “I think it’s important that schools, houses of worship, organizations and companies take appropriate measures to help limit their exposure and mitigate their risk,” he concluded.

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  • nat cheiman

    Lone wolf terrorists are from the Islamic faith. They need to be watched and if necessary, brought in for questioning

  • Stein

    There are imams who governments must arrest.

    There are no ‘lone wolves’.

  • I disagree that these tactics are ‘effective’. They are simply destructive and viscous crimes against humanity all as part of Islam and it war on civilization. Islam has to be destroyed and quickly.

  • richard sherwin

    PLO/Hamas incites attacks on israelis and jews everywhere, inspiring their own rejects to atone for religious and social failure and sin by killing jews: this inspires via social media and international news the ‘lone wolfs’ to kill infidels as well as jews everywhere; and they are reminded of the rightness and urgency of their task by all BDS movements everywhere (as well as their allied Black Lives Matter, people of color feminist failures, etc.; BDS is supported and encouraged by both christian and moslem religious groups, further sanctifying the murders and the murderers; and guess what…. liberal jews liberated by their universalisms support BDS et al also. throw in peace now, breaking silence, and the rest of the NGOs paid for by european pagan governments, the UN, and the State Dpt…. and youve got your warlock and witches brew and breweries uniting lone witches with islam and xn jewhatred, and the remnants of western civilization. in fact, authorizing the immigration of murder.

  • Disaffected Dem

    Social media isn’t the only source of incitement for terrorist attacks. The Republican presidential candidate as urged the Secret Service to stand down in its protection of the Democratic candidate. And those blaming Islam as the driving force of terrorism in the world, ignoring what the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya unleashed and the effects of fifty years of the daily violence of occupation in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, ought to take some responsibility for the recent lone-wolf attack in New York City in which the clothing of a number of Muslim women in New York City was set on fire.

  • Hilltop Watchman

    And while we agonise over those killed or injured in attacks in the US, Europe etc. the enemedia, politicians etc express no such outrage when he victims are Israelis and/or Jews. You all welcomed and encouraged the cancer, now live with it.