A day after its president visited Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit the site of a deadly bombing in a Tel Aviv suburb on Sunday, and an Israeli court on Monday will hear a petition seeking the arrest of a Palestinian suspected of involvement in the attack.
The latest bombing took place at around 8:00 pm local time in Kiryat Arba, an affluent residential area located in Beit El, a central district in Tel Aviv’s Haifa region.
The incident has led to renewed fears for the safety of Israeli Jews living in the area, which is known to be home to more than 200,000 people.
The attack has left at least 10 people dead and more than 150 wounded, as well as dozens of civilians.
The Israeli military said the bomb, which Israeli police said was placed in a car by a man who was not a militant, caused “minor damage” to a house.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus visit to Israel is not expected to cause any disruptions to daily life in Israel, but will be watched closely for any signs of a possible change in security policies.
Netanyahu has already visited the scene of the attack several times in the past.
During his visit to the Beit Shemesh region, Netanyahu told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Friday that there is “a chance that the next attack may be committed against a synagogue or a synagogue, and there is also a possibility that it will be a suicide attack,” according to a translation of his comments.
The prime minister’s trip to the region comes as the Israeli army launched a major offensive against the militant group Hamas, which had pledged to carry out more than 100 attacks.
Netanyahu has made a number of arrests in the years since he was elected prime minister, but has also repeatedly faced criticism for his handling of the violence.
In 2016, during the height of the fighting, he ordered the military to begin the process of deporting hundreds of Hamas members who had fought in the war and the death of another Palestinian who had been arrested by Israeli forces.
The Israeli army has not commented on the possibility that a suicide bombing was the cause of the incident in Beytenu.
The terror attack comes as Israel has been locked in a violent confrontation with Hamas, with the group on Monday launching a massive assault on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
The militants’ advance in the region has raised tensions in the occupied Palestinian territory, which Israel considers its eastern border.
Israel’s Prime Minister has said he will soon make a final decision on whether to continue to arm the militant organization, but the country has faced increasing criticism for its response to the violence in the Gaza Strip, where the majority of Israeli civilians have fled in recent weeks.
A week ago, an Israeli soldier was killed in the coastal city of Ashkelon, and a rocket landed in the southern city of Sderot, which has been the scene for many Israeli attacks.