Hizbullah praised in a statement Monday an attack by a pair of Arab gunmen who killed two Israeli police officers and wounded four in central Israel, before they were killed by police.
Hizbullah considered the attack to be “the most important and practical response to the disgraceful normalization meetings with the enemy.”
The attacks came before a gathering of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken with the top diplomats of Israel and four Arab states, bringing together for the first time on Israeli soil the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco — which all normalized ties with the Jewish state in 2020 — and of Egypt, which made peace with Israel in 1979.
“These meetings are insignificant and ineffective,” the statement said, adding that “the real decision is the decision of the Palestinian people who are affirming that there is no place for reconciliation and normalization.”
The statement praised the attack as a “heroic confrontation until victory and complete liberation are reached.”
On Monday, the militant Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
It was the second deadly attack carried out by Arab assailants in an Israeli city in less than a week ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. On Tuesday, a lone attacker inspired by the Islamic State group killed four people in a stabbing rampage in southern Israel before he was killed by passersby, police said.
IS operates mainly in Iraq and Syria, where it has recently stepped up attacks against security forces there carried out through sleeper cells, despite its territorial defeat more than three years ago. The extremist group has also claimed attacks against Israeli troops in the past and has branches in Afghanistan and in Asia and beyond.