Meanwhile, there have been further Israeli air strikes on militant sites in Gaza Strip after fired fired mortars into Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was “only a matter of time” before the perpetrator of the car-ramming attack was caught, adding: “Terror will not overwhelm us, we will win!”
The Palestinian militant group Hamas said: “The spreading resistance and clashes by our people in the West Bank and their resistance in the heart of occupied Jerusalem is an active response against the destructive Trump deal.”
Palestinians immediately rejected the US president’s proposals, which would leave them with a truncated territory surrounded by Israel and threaded through with Jewish settlements. Mr Netanyahu welcomes them and vowed to begin annexing parts of the West Bank after March’s general election.
The car-ramming attack took place at shortly before
The Israeli military said a Palestinian drove his car into the soldiers – who were on a “heritage tour” ahead of a ceremony at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites – as they walked down the pavement.
One of the soldiers was seriously hurt while the others were lightly injured .
The driver fled the scene and the car was later found abandoned near Beit Jala, a suburb of Bethlehem, where troops were “Currently pursuing the terrorist”, the Israeli military added.
“Other officers responded quickly, firing at the assailant and neutralising him, “the spokesperson added.
Palestinian medics, meanwhile, said a – year-old Palestinian, Yazan Abu Tabikh, was killed overnight by Israeli fire during clashes in the northern West Bank town of Jenin. Seven other Palestinians were injured.
The Israeli military said troops had “identified a number of armed terrorists who hurled explosive devices and fired towards them “. “The forces responded with riot dispersal means,” it added.
The clashes broke out as troops demolished the home of a Palestinian who was accused of being involved in the killing of a rabbi in 2020.
Abu Tabikh’s uncle told Reuters news agency: “Young men went out to the streets, the same way they do with every demolition that takes place. and the Sierra started to shoot. “
On Wednesday a
– year-old Palestinian, Mohammed al-Haddad, was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
” The troops responded with fire in order to remove the threat, ” it added.
Witnesses told AFP news agency that about
Israeli warplanes also struck a number of Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip early on Thursday, including an underground complex and a maintenance facility , after mortars and balloons loaded with explosives were launched towards Israel, the Israeli military said.
There were no immediate reports of any casualties.
On Wednesday, the military said
rockets had been fired from Gaza in a week.