At the start of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is continuing to work with the various security agencies to combat the wave of terrorism facing the nation.
“We will continue to fight terrorism,” he said. “We are facing terrorism by individuals – this is not terrorism by organizations, this is terrorism by individuals, occasionally with kitchen knives, who are incited mainly by social media.”
Netanyahu said that such a phenomenon is particularly challenging for security forces to combat.
“It is very difficult to hermetically prevent the arrival of such knife-wielding or other terrorists to this or that place,” he said. “Therefore, in addition to the actions that we are taking in the centers of terrorism themselves, in addition to the actions by the security forces, citizens must be on maximum alert. I must say that we are showing such awareness, with considerable resourcefulness and courage, and this is deserving of all praise. We are still fighting and will continue to do so. This struggle has continued for nearly 100 years, but we will overcome this wave as well.”
The prime minister said that over the weekend he held discussions with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, regarding their joint efforts against such attacks.
“I instructed the security agencies to coordinate their efforts in the Hebron district, from which most or all of the attacks are originating,” Netanyahu said. “We are carrying out – inter alia – arrests and roadblocks there, and are boosting our forces.
“I would like to commend the security forces for their strong counter-terrorism actions, including the apprehension of the murderers. I would also like to express a word of appreciation to the citizens of Israel.”