A knife-wielding 18-year-old Arab from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya was caught and arrested in the vicinity the President’s Residence in the capital on Friday night.
The incident took place when one of the president’s security guards, who was on a routine security patrol, noticed the young man. The guard called a police officer stationed at the President’s Residence, and the two searched the young man’s body, finding a sharp knife under his clothes.
Upon discovery of the knife, he was taken in for questioning by security forces.
Police believe that the Arab’s intention was to carry out a terrorist attack, and that his presence at the President’s Residence was not accidental. However, it is not yet clear exactly where he was heading.