Benny Gantz: current cabinet cannot handle new wave of terrorism

Hamas official says attack was caused by Temple Mount tensions. The Israeli teens hit were evacuated to hospital.

August 16, 2019 20:14
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From Left to Right: Blue and White members Gabi Ashkenazi, Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz and Moshe Yaalon,

From Left to Right: Blue and White members Gabi Ashkenazi, Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz and Moshe Yaalon, at the Gaza periphery... (photo credit: ELAD MALKA)

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz said on Friday that this is a new wave of terrorism that the current administration cannot handle, in response to a West Bank ramming attack outside the settlement of Elazar. 

Two Israeli teenagers, Nehum and Noam Nevis, were injured in the attack. 

In a statement he said, "This is a wave of terror that Netanyahu, Smotrich and Regev's cabinet cannot handle. The Blue and White government, led by me, will assemble the strongest security cabinet against terrorism and restore deterrence.

"I pledge that the personal safety of Israeli citizens will not be futile."

Gush Etzion Regional Council Head Shlomo Ne’eman said, “Unfortunately, we are experiencing a lack of deterrence that's affecting residents of Gush Etzion in particular and Judea and Samaria in general.

"We demand from the government action that will lead to the end of this uncertainty for the future of Judea and Samaria. We are calling for the establishment of sovereignty and the answer is to continue to build and grow in Judea and Samaria," he said.
"To the terrorists we say - you have no chance, and you have no future. We have faith that the IDF and security forces in the area will do everything possible to restore security to the Gush/Hebron area quickly.  We are wishing those injured a speedy recovery and wish their families well," Ne'eman said.

Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif Knaum also responded to the events.

"The growing anger in our people and the stabbing in Jerusalem and the West Bank are a reaction to the repeated breakthrough into al-Aqsa mosque and the ongoing occupation crimes," Knaum stated. 

"This continued organized terrorism in Jerusalem and the West Bank will resurface before the Zionist occupation."

The driver, presumed to be a Palestinian, was shot and killed by a policeman.

A 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old woman were both taken to hospitals in Jerusalem according to a report by Magen David Adom.

MDA Spokesperson Zaki Heller said that the male was unresponsive and in severe condition with multisystem trauma, while the 19-year-old suffered moderate injuries.

They have been evacuated to Hadassa University Medical Center, Ein Karem, and Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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