Israel will act "firmly, responsibly and wisely" to preserve the "quiet and
security" that has existed here over the last two years, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu said Wednesday night, a few hours after the terror bombing in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu said that his government has established a
policy on security matters whereby any attacks on Israeli citizens are met by
The result of this policy, he said, has been two years of
"quiet and security."
"Recently there are elements who want to disturb that
quiet," he said. "They are trying to test our determination and the country's
staying power. They will discover that the government, the army and the Israeli
public has a steel will to protect the state and its citizens."
Netanyahu's comments came as he was boarding a plane for
Russia and a 24-hour visit there.