Police spokesman Linda Menuhin said that 11 people were lightly injured. Israel Radio said the two he stabbed were a mother and son of Toronto, Canada; seven people were hospitalised but were expected to be released soon.
Ms Menuhin said the man's motives remained unclear. He tried to run over a group of about 20 tourists in a plaza in the Jaffa quarter of Tel Aviv, injuring eight or nine. Then he stabbed the woman and her son, who were sitting at a sidewalk restaurant, before he was subdued by a passerby.
"The driver got out holding a sword and a commando knife and went towards the civilians and tried to stab a number and succeeded," said Daniel Konson, who arrested the man.
Mr Konson tied up the attacker and led him to a nearby police station, where the man told police he could not remember anything and was otherwise not co-operating with his questioners, Ms Menuhin said.
Israel Radio said that the man, identified as a 32-year-old from the northern city of Nazareth, was known to police as a Hamas supporter and was an activist in extremist organizations.
Earlier yesterday, a Palestinian woman, 32-year-old Jamalat Salim, stabbed and slightly wounded an Israeli border policeman near a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. She was arrested by Palestinian police. The Israeli army said the policeman was treated at a regional medical centre.Reuse content