The attack on Jerusalem on Thursday highlights the ongoing threat of illegal weapons in the region. Terrorists were seen carrying small arms and rifles during the attack, which occurred at the same bus stop as a previous bombing in November 2022. The quick response of a soldier and armed civilian helped neutralize the attackers, who were later identified as brothers from Sur Baher in east Jerusalem.
Sur Baher has been associated with extremism and threats in the past, with multiple incidents involving violence and assaults. Despite efforts to crack down on criminal activity in the area, the prevalence of illegal firearms remains a significant concern. The recent attack serves as a reminder of the ongoing security challenges in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, as well as the potential for threats to spill over into other parts of Israel.