“Stones are lethal weapons,” said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday as
he delivered a strong message of support of branding violent rock throwing as an
act of terror.
He spoke at the national ceremony for terror victims in
Israel and abroad. Last July, five Israelis were killed in a suicide bombing in
Bulgaria that targeted them.
But Netanyahu opened Monday’s speech by
focusing on the plight of three-year-old Adele Biton, who was critically wounded
in March in a car accident on Route 5 that was caused by Palestinians who threw
stones at the road.
Adele’s mother Rachel is part of Netanyahu’s office’s
professional staff. When he called the family, Rachel told him that she prays
every day for her daughter’s recovery, he recalled.
“If someone had any
doubt, then this is another reminder that stones are deadly weapons,” the prime
He added that stones are part of the arsenal of weapons
terrorists use which include Molotov cocktails, knives, missiles and suicide
Netanyahu spoke in the midst of an increase in incidents of
stoning attacks on West Bank roads.
Settlers have pushed the government
and the IDF to take the issue more seriously.
Monday’s speech was among
Netanyahu’s most strongly worded statements linking throwing stones with acts of
On Tuesday, an Israeli citizen was lightly injured after
Palestinians threw stones at his vehicle, according to the IDF. Stones were also
thrown at an Egged bus as it traveled from Jerusalem to the Ma’aleh Adumim on
that same day, according to an eyewitness.