“We should have full control over the education system in the east Jerusalem neighborhoods,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), reacting to Sunday’s deadly truck ramming attack at the Armon Hanatziv promenade in Jerusalem.
Hotovely said the terrorist who carried the attack was exposed to incitement: “It is unacceptable that students living near our capital’s downtown will say that their dream is to be a shahid [martyr].
“The international community needs to demand the complete halt of terrorism, and the complete shutdown of the terrorism-education industry,” she added, referring to the Mideast peace summit in Paris next Sunday and the recent United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334.
Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan (Bayit Yehudi) agreed that PA incitement led to the attack.
“I invite US Secretary of State John Kerry and the representatives of the United Nations Security Council to come over to Jerusalem to witness the results of the Palestinian incitement that they endorse, and to see who we are dealing with,” he said.
MK Moti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) said, “The roots of the problem are in the incitement in the Palestinian education system, calling to kill Jews. We should revise our approach to education in east Jerusalem; make it under our control in the neighborhoods under our sovereignty, including UNRWA schools.”
MK Amir Ohana (Likud) said that the solution is to allow more Israelis to bear arms. “The first responder to the attack was a local tour guide who shot the terrorist and prevented further casualties. He joins a long line of citizens who carried weapons and thwarted terrorist attacks in the recent wave.
“But as long as the incitement continues among Arabs in Israel – and it has gone on over a century – terrorism will win.”
Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev (Likud) said that the attack is a part of a global wave of Islamic terrorism.
“In this, the renewal of Islamic terrorism, there is no difference between a resident of east Jerusalem and an inhabitant of Ramallah or Tehran.
“There is no difference between a gun or a truck or a kitchen knife,” she said. “We are dealing with the roots of terrorism that starts with incitement in the [PA] education system and in the Palestinian media. We are currently in an uncompromising battle to defeat the nests of Islamic terrorism.”
Opposition chairman Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) also linked Sunday’s attack to recent attacks in Berlin and Nice. “There is no doubt that ramming attacks carried by trucks overseas influenced the terrorist,” he said.