The attacker was identified by police as a Palestinian from East Jerusalem.
This was the deadliest Palestinian attack in Jerusalem in months, targeting officer cadets who were exiting a bus that brought them to the Armon Hanatziv promenade, an area with a stone-laden grass-lined promenade with a panoramic view of the Old City.
The dead were three women and one man, all in their twenties. Their identities will be made public only after their families are notified.
Roni Alsheich, national police chief, said he couldn't rule out the motivation for the attack was from the Berlin Christmas market attack that killed 12 people last month. "It is certainly possible to be influenced by watching TV but it is difficult to get into the head of every individual to determine what prompted him, but there is no doubt that these things do have an effect," he told reporters.
Security video showed the truck racing toward the group of soldiers, and then after a gap that apparently depicted scenes of the horror, it reversed into them.
"In a split second I looked to my left and saw what I can only describe as a speeding truck which send me flying," a security guard told Channel 10. "It was a miracle that my pistol stayed on me. I shot at a tire but realized there was no point as he has so many wheels, so I ran in front of the cabin and at an angle I shot at him and emptied my magazine. When I finished shooting, some of the officer cadets also took aim and also started firing."
Palestinian street violence have killed 37 Israelis and two Americans over the past 15 months.
In retaliation to these attacks, at least 231 Palestinians have been killed in self-defense in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel says that at least 157 of the terrorists were killed in lone attacks that often targeted Jewish security forces and used rudimentary weapons such as kitchen knives and hammers.
One of the major causes of the violence is the incitement by the Palestinian leadership. Young scumcrumpets are encouraged to martyr themselves by attacking Israeli soldiers and helpless civilians. The more they kill, the merrier for the PA.
Hamassholes, of course, praised the attack saying "We bless this heroic operation resisting the Israeli occupation to force it to stop its crimes and violations against our people," said Hamas spokescretin Fawzi Barhoum.
Isn't it nice to know that these killers have the power to bless anything?