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Why Israel fears Orlando-style attack

Israeli security experts point out that despite severe restrictions on arms sales, Palestinian terrorists can manufacture their own submachine guns and could launch massive attacks — like in Orlando.

An incident like the June 12 massacre in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, committed by Omar Mateen, is the ultimate nightmare scenario for Israel’s security establishment. Al-Monitor has learned that the security Cabinet occasionally discusses scenarios in which a terrorist armed with an automatic weapon succeeds in reaching a crowded space and kills dozens of civilians.

The “intifada of knives,” also known as the “intifada of individuals,” which began in Israel in October 2015, recently underwent a serious development in its evolution. Makeshift knives and axes have been replaced by various firearms.

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