Netanyahu Vows ‘Strong, Swift,’ Response to Deadliest Palestinian Terror Attack in Over a Decade
Seven people were murdered, including children, in a terrorist shooting attack on Friday evening, January 27, in Jerusalem’s Neve Ya’akov neighborhood, while they were leaving a synagogue after Shabbat services.
The attack occurred on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The terrorist, identified as Alqam Khayri, a 21-year-old resident of eastern Jerusalem, was shot dead by police while attempting to flee.
A second attack took place the morning after, when a 13-year-old terrorist opened fire on a group of Israelis outside the Old City of Jerusalem, severely wounding two people, a father and son. The younger victim, an off-duty soldier, managed to shoot the terrorist, as did another member of the group, wounding him.
“Whoever tries to harm us – we will harm him, and those who help him,” Netanyahu said at the start of an emergency meeting of the security cabinet.
“We will seal and demolish terrorists’ houses in an expedited fashion, in order to exact an additional price from those who supported terrorism. This process already started yesterday and is in progress,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu sent his “heartfelt condolences” to the families of those murdered in the “heinous and terrible attack.” The Israeli premier praised the “bravery shown by ordinary citizens” for shooting the terrorists and saving lives.
He said the cabinet would discuss expediting the procedure by which Israelis can receive gun licenses, which in Israel is known for being a laborious process that is hindered by excessive red tape. The cabinet was also slated to discuss removing national insurance benefits from terrorists who hold Israeli citizenship or residency rights.
Israeli Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai called on Israelis with firearm licenses to carry their guns. The IDF on Saturday deployed three more battalions in the West Bank amid the escalation of violence. (BB / VFI News)
“God, we ask for the protection of Israeli people, and the cessation of terrorist attacks against them. We offer our sincerest condolences to the victims’ families, and we hope that the survivors will be able to heal and recuperate quickly. May the terrorists that wish to harm Israel face justice for their hateful crimes.”
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