Photo Credit: Ofir Gendelman, PM Arab media spokesperson
PM Binyamin Netanyahu tours terror "hot spots" around the capital region after a Jerusalem driver was killed in a rock attack on the first night of the Jewish new year. "This one stone is one stone too many."

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu set out Wednesday to inspect the “hot spots” where Jews have been attacked by Arab terrorists over the past several days.

Netanyahu began with Rehov Asher Weiner, where 64-year-old Alexander Levlovitch lost his life in a rock attack by an Arab road terrorist on Sunday, the first night of the Jewish new year.

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“Here, in the heart of Jerusalem in a traffic island in a central road someone took a rock and stood here on this island and threw it again and again at the windshield of passing cars of Jerusalem residents until he succeeded in killing someone. It wasn’t killing: it was murder.

“This one stone is one stone too many. We hereby declare war on stone throwers, immediately, and on their bottles and on various other perpetrators of mayhem.”

The prime minister then traveled together with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz to a lookout at Metzudat Adumim, where they were briefed by Police Commissioner Benzi Sau, Jerusalem District Commander Moshe Edri and Jerusalem Border Guard Police Commander Yizhar Peled.

Netanyahu also stopped at an IDF outpost on Highway 443, where he was briefed by several other high-ranking security officials. There have been numerous terror attacks on this road, a main artery running between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv which once served as the sole highway between the two cities. The road was closed to Palestinian Authority Arab traffic for several years. It was reopened as one of the many “goodwill gestures” offered as another incentive to entice PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas back to the negotiating table with Israel.

“We’re changing our policy,” Netanyahu told journalists who accompanied the group. “The situation as it stands is not acceptable to us, and we intend to provide the tools for soldiers and police to act firmly and effectively against rock-throwers and those who hurl firebombs.

A stone does not distinguish between a vehicle damaged here and its driver killed when the vehicle is struck, and one that is hit on the other side of the “Green Line.”

“We are also going to make changes in the ‘open fire’ policy, in the rules of minimum penalties, minimum sentences that apply to pipe bombs and rock-throwing,” he added.

“In addition, we will increase heavy fines for minors and their families in order to raise deterrence,” the prime minister said. “The State of Israel does not accept such behavior, not only in the Jerusalem are but also in the Galilee and the Negev. We are changing our policy on rock throwing and firebombing nationwide.”

As regards the Temple Mount, Netanyahu underlined the government’s strong commitment to maintaining a “strict status quo” at the site.

“The status quo is constantly being disrupted by agitators, rioters who barricade the Temple Mount, harass worshipers – more to the point, Jewish visitors,” he said. “That too is not acceptable to us, and we are going to discuss that with Jordan, and not only with Jordan.”

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19 COMMENTS

  1. You waited to long. From the days of old people were stoned to DEATH. All it takes is one stone, remember King David. An assault with a deadly weapon charge is in order and any youth should be removed from the parents custody and placed into a state program where they are taught the Bible and Jewish prayers while they do their time. The parents should also do some time for contributing to the bad action s of their children. When the parents get the kids back they will not want to see that their child has been saying Jewish prayers and reading the Bible and the word will get around that the children are Converted from being a Muslim. They might want to keep the kids at home then and do the deed themselves.

  2. Netanyahu is too weak a "leader" to do anything that is remotely effective in the fight against any form of terrorism. He makes good speeches for the media that Western Jewish supporters of Israel find appealing. Nothing will ever happen until Israel has a no nonsense "strong man" of sorts as leader. Unfortunately this is unlikely to ever happen democratically while Israel has the electoral system it has.

  3. Kill them where they stand. Change the game. Arrest and prison is not a deterrent. Their families get paid good American money (from America no less) when they are confined in Israeli prisons. Kill them. Their intent is to kill when they throw rocks, bottles and Molotov cocktails. Twelve years old, twenty years old, if the Arabs insist in sending out killer children, that is their youth and future to risk and on their heads. Change the game.

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