Second Ra’anana Stabber Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

An aerial view of Ra’anana. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

A Lod court on Monday sentenced an Arab terrorist to 17 years in prison for a stabbing attack in Ra’anana in 2015. Khaled Basti, the 24-year-old terrorist from Yerushalayim, stabbed an Israeli at a bus stop in central Ra’anana in October 2015, seriously injuring him. Basti was also ordered by the court to pay NIS 80,000 to his victim.

The attack occurred on the same day as another stabbing attack in the city. Tarik Dweck, a 30-year-old terrorist from Yerushalayim, was last week sentenced by the same court to 21 years in prison for that stabbing attack, in which four people were injured. The two had apparently not coordinated their attacks with each other, although they took place within an hour of each other.

Overnight Sunday, security officials said they arrested 23 wanted security suspects in different areas of Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.