Bennett: Concrete barriers to prevent ramming attacks are 'a prize for terror'

Police begin taking safety measures at Jerusalem Light Rail stations; Bennett says solution is to deter murderers, not wall in Jews.

November 6, 2014 13:03
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Jerusalem Light Rail‏

Concrete barrier placed next to Jerusalem Light Rail‏. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Police on Thursday were putting in place measures to prevent further vehicular terror attacks at Jerusalem Light Rail Stations.

Two such attacks have claimed the lives of three people in recent weeks. The latest attack took place on Wednesday, when a Palestinian driver slammed his car into pedestrians at two separate locations near the light rail track in Jerusalem. Immediately after hitting eight pedestrians, security forces nearby shot and killed the driver.

Jerusalem Police Chief Moshe Edri, in conjunction with the Jerusalem Municipality, ordered the placing of concrete barriers next to light rail stations to prevent vehicles from entering passenger waiting areas.

Concrete barriers have been placed next to the station at Givat HaMivtar and were set to be placed along the Bar Lev route, where Wednesday's attack occurred, as well as on Hayal Hahandasa, Yaffo Street and Herzl Boulevard.

Economy Minister Nafatali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) called the placing of the concrete barriers a "prize for terror."

Bennett said that the solution to terror was not "to put Jews behind walls and concrete barriers, but rather to deter the murderers."

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