Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich on Sunday said that despite serious efforts by police to change the situation, violence has become the "routine" in Israeli society.
In an interview with Israel Radio, Aharonovich explained that while Israel police and border police forces were reinforcing their presence in public places, "it is impossible to have a policeman at every street corner."
The minister reiterated his support in the City Without Violence program, which is based on the concept that violence is best tackled by creating a partnership of government, local authorities, the police, and social services and getting them to work in concert.
Aharonovich added that police had made "significant progress" in their investigation into the fatal shooting attack at a gay center in Tel Aviv. Two people were killed and eleven were wounded in the attack in early August.
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report