IDF Destroys Bomb Lab, Kills Lion’s Den Leader

In response to the Palestinian terror group the Lion’s Den’s recent murders, Israeli forces raided and destroyed the group’s bomb lab on Monday. They killed the Lion’s Den leader, Wadi al-Houh, in the ensuing firefight. Palestinian fighters burned tires, threw rocks, and opened fire on IDF soldiers. The Palestinian Authority (PA) reported five Palestinians were killed and 22 were wounded in the confrontation. The IDF hopes the raid will curb the group’s uptick in terror attacks, which includes the October 11 killing of IDF St.-Sgt. Ido Baruch, the October 8 killing of IDF Sgt. Noa Lazar, attempted bomb attacks in Tel Aviv and Samaria in September, and multiple shooting attacks in Samaria and Nablus, the city serving as the group’s headquarters.

Though we don’t celebrate loss of life, we are grateful to see the IDF take action against the Lion’s Den, which has been running rampant, committing violence and murder against Jewish people for the past few months. The IDF picked a key target for its raid—the bomb lab was set up in an apartment the group used as its headquarters, and the terrorists were using the lab more frequently in preparation of more deadly attacks in the days to come. While some media outlets have continued to paint Israel as an aggressor, it’s clear that the near nightly raids on soldiers and multiple murders the Lion’s Den has carried out require a response, and the IDF’s raid was a necessary defense. This raid should send a message to Israel’s enemies: Terrorism won’t go unpunished.