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Defense Minister Yoav Gallant

Minister Yoav Gallant: The State of Israel Is Under Terrorist Attack Against Civilians

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Thursday evening, August 31, held an assessment of the situation with the IDF Chief of Staff, the head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), and the senior officers in the IDF shortly after the terrorist attack in Maccabim. "The State of Israel is under terrorist attack against civilians, mainly on the roads, and against the IDF soldiers who are guarding them on the roads and in the towns," Gallant said.

He added, "We will reach every terrorist and settle the score with him – anyone who goes out to harm Israel, everyone who sends him, will end their life in the cemetery or in prison on a short schedule as we have done until today. We know to protect our citizens and win this campaign as well."

The Chief of Staff referred to the operational situation following the recent attacks and said, "We are increasing countermeasures in Judea and Samaria, and we will draw conclusions immediately from the initial inquiry."

In the last week, there has been an increase in terrorist attacks. Overnight Wednesday, an Israeli officer and three soldiers were wounded during an operation to secure entry for civilians to the Joseph’s Tomb compound in Shechem (Nablus). An improvised explosive device was set off as the soldiers passed by. Nablus Battalion, part of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, reportedly claimed responsibility.

Hours earlier, an Israeli man was moderately wounded in a stabbing at the Shivtei Yisrael light-rail stop outside Jerusalem’s Old City. Separately, on Wednesday evening, two Israeli bus drivers were lightly injured when their vehicles were stoned by Palestinians on a highway in western Samaria. (INN / VFI News)

“God, we ask that You help all the injured Israelis recover quickly and we pray that You would heal their severe trauma after these horrifying experiences. We also ask that terrorists will be brought to justice and will be prosecuted accordingly. Let us hope that other nations will start publicly condemning and taking action against these terrorist organizations that shamelessly pride themselves on trying to harm Israel and her citizens.”