A small reminder of what it means to be living side by side with a culture - that of the Palestinan Arabs in the era of Hamas and Fatah - that constantly encourages and nurtures acts of personal terrorism.
Alert police tonight (Wednesday) here in Jerusalem spotted a terrorist en route to carry out a stabbing. Haaretz says the would-be martyr is a young woman and that, as happens frequently, she confessed her plan on being arrested. She was spotted in Jerusalem's Old City near the entrance to the Temple Mount, with an essential item of religious worship on her body: a kitchen knife like those used in so many previous killings of Israelis. Two police officers patrolling the area spotted her, recovered the knife and took her into custody.
Three days ago, on Monday, Israeli police arrested two young Arab men carrying a commando knife in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood of Jerusalem. They too admitted their plan to carry out a stabbing attack on Israelis.
Terrorism like these acts rarely gets reported outside Israel.