Israel reluctant to accuse Islamic State over bar shootings despite hallmarks

A file picture shows rescue personnel walking next to blood stains at the scene of a shooting rampage by Israeli Arab Nashat Melhem at a bar in Tel Aviv, IsraelBy Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – It appeared to have hallmarks of the first Islamic State attack in Israel: A Muslim citizen opened fire on a Tel Aviv bar days after the militant group threatened the country, and left behind a black ISIS banner. "This really was not a classic ISIS terrorist attack," a security official told Reuters on Thursday after the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency and Justice Ministry issued their findings on the Jan. 1 shooting rampage by Nashat Melhem that killed three people. An Israeli indictment against three Arab citizens for abetting Melhem's escape said he had "sought to help the enemy, including the ISIS group, fight Israel".

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