Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu vows to step up response to terrorist attacks

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the government is preparing to take more extensive measures to counter terrorism against the background of more frequent terrorist attacks in the country.

“The government will meet today (February 12.— “b”) to prepare for even more decisive action against terrorists and their supporters in East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria (West Bank.— “b”),” said Mr. Netanyahu (quoted from Reuters). He assured that no harm would be done to those who are not involved in terrorism.

Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said the Israeli police have already launched a coercive campaign in East Jerusalem that includes measures ranging from issuing traffic tickets to demolishing the homes of Palestinian attackers.

There have been several terrorist attacks in Jerusalem in recent weeks. In late January, an armed gunman killed seven people. On January 28, a 13-year-old teenager opened fire in the Arab quarter of Silwan in Jerusalem. Two were injured, the shooter was neutralized. On February 10, a car rammed a bus stop in Jerusalem, killing three people, including two children – six and eight years old.

For more information about the January terrorist attack in Jerusalem, see Kommersant’s article “One of the worst attacks in recent years.”

Erdni Kagaltynov

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