(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A day after Tueday night’s terrorist attack near Kiryat Arba in which four
Israelis were killed, over a dozen right-wing coalition members visited several
West Bank communities Wednesday to demonstrate their support for residents, and
to reassure them that the government stood behind them, as Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington for peace negotiations.
will not determine for us where we will live, where we will build, and when we
will engage in negotiations,” said Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin in Efrat, where
he visited the “frozen” project of Nofei Cramim in the Dekel neighborhood and
then participated the opening ceremonies of the award-winning Asu Chayil
Elementary School in Efrat.
“The real test of whether there is a partner
is the Palestinians’ ability to confront terror and eliminate it,” he
Rivlin was joined in Efrat by Coalition chairman MK Ze’ev Elkin
(Likud), while Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat (Likud) visited Ma’aleh
Adumim. Minister-without- Portfolio Yossi Peled (Likud) went to Alfei Menashe,
and Yakir hosted Diaspora Affairs MinisterYuli Edelstein (Likud).
Minister Gila Gamliel (Likud) attended a ceremony in Psagot while the other
deputy ministers Ayoub Kara (Likud) and Leah Ness (Likud) visited Ariel. MK
Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) went to Beit El, while the Shas MKs Avraham Michaeli and
Haim Amsalem visited Modi’in Ilit and Kochav Ya’akov respectively. Lastly,
Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) visited Karnei Shomron.
Peres also turned his visit to a school opening in Jerusalem into a platform to
discuss the implications of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.
the Zalman Aran elementary school, Peres, in response to questions by
journalists, said that he was outraged by the attack in which four innocent
people, one of them a pregnant woman, lost their lives.
“I want to say
with absolute certainty that the terrorists will not succeed,” said Peres. “They
are a catastrophe to their people and a danger to ours.”
Peres made it
clear that those who are genuinely interested in peace will not allow terrorists
to claim any victories.
He had no doubt that the terrorist attack would
impact on the talks now taking place in Washington, but was confident that it
would strengthen the common concept that terror is the main barrier to peace and
must therefore be eradicated.