Counterterrorism Expert: No Surprise ISIS Tactic Used in Jerusalem Truck-Ramming Attack; Israel Better Able to Cope Than Other Nations
Following Sunday’s truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem, which left four IDF soldiers dead and another 15 wounded, a world-renowned counterterrorism expert and Fox News insider told The Algemeiner that the method employed by the Palestinian assailant “should come as no surprise.”
Sebastian Gorka — vice president and professor of strategy and irregular warfare at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC, and author, most recently of Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War — said that it is evident and was to be expected that “the tactic of vehicular attack would move from Nice and Berlin to Jerusalem — after the Palestinian ‘knife intifada’ that Israel has had to confront for nearly a year and a half.”
Gorka — who has been warning of the dangers of global jihad and what he considers the Obama administration’s enabling of the phenomenon, by not calling it by name or confronting it — said, “Israel will cope better than most nations with this threat, given the alertness of its citizens and their military training.”
It is noteworthy, he said, “that a civilian neutralized the perpetrator.”
Gorka was referring to Eitan Rund, the guide accompanying the group of IDF officers’ course cadets on an educational tour, who shot at the terrorist truck driver with his privately owned pistol, even after being wounded in the attack.
Gorka’s statement echoed that of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said “all signs indicate” the truck-ramming terrorist from the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of east Jerusalem was a supporter of ISIS. Netanyahu also referred to recent vehicular terrorism in Europe with a similar modus operandi. “We know there is a succession of attacks, and it could well be that there is a connection between those in France and Berlin — and now in Jerusalem,” he said.