Police tape off light rail area 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat encouraged Jerusalem residents to continue
their normal routines while upping their vigilance after an Arab youth
stabbed a female soldier on the Jerusalem light rail Thursday morning.
"I see the attempt to disrupt life in Jerusalem with the utmost gravity," Barkat stated.
events in Jerusalem will continue as planned and the light rail will
continue to operate, serving all residents both Arab and Jewish," the
mayor said, after authorities halted northbound service on the light
rail for a short period of time immediately following the stabbing.
residents to continue on with their day, and to be alert for any
situation," he said, stressing sound security on the light rail, which is a
result of cooperation between police, the security forces and railway
Still, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said he
wanted to see increased security on the light rail, after the assailant
managed to smuggle a knife on-board despite being checked by rail
"This is really terrible," city councilor Yael Antebi
after the stabbing attack. "We need to reexamine security on the train.
The light rail cannot be the only transportation in such a complicated
Likud MK Danny Danon said a hard-line policy is needed to ensure that
attacks such as Thursday's stabbing do
not happen again, labeling the attack an "example of Palestinian terror."
"It is time to stop Arab terror from raging
in the streets of the capital before it is too late," Danon said. "Only
an uncompromising resoluteness can prevent such incidents from happening
"We need to find the
terrorist and destroy his house," he said.
National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari pointed the finger at Public Security
Minister Yithak Aharonovich for not taking a hard enough line to crack
down on what he called "nationalist terrorism" in Israel, after an Arab
youth stabbed a Jewish girl on the Jerusalem light rail.
of addressing the problem [of nationalist terrorism], he declares that
[these crimes are] just hooliganism," Ben-Ari said, noting the recent
attack on two off-duty soldiers by a group of Israeli-Arabs in Haifa, a
stabbing and robbery in Nahariya, and Thursday's stabbing.