As String of Palestinian Attacks Leaves 16 Israelis Wounded, Netanyahu Vows ‘Terrorism Will Not Defeat Us’
A string of Palestinian terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Thursday left 16 Israelis wounded.
“Terrorism will not defeat us — we will win,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the surge of violence.
In the first incident, 14 IDF soldiers were injured — one seriously — in an early Thursday morning car-ramming assault at the old train station on David Remez Street in the Israeli capital.
The perpetrator — a resident of East Jerusalem — fled the area and the vehicle he used in the attack was found abandoned near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. He was ultimately tracked down and arrested at the Gush Etzion junction.
Later on Thursday, an Israeli Border Police officer was lightly wounded by a gunman in Jerusalem’s Old City, near the Temple Mount.
The assailant — an Israeli Arab from the northern city of Haifa who had recently converted to Islam from Christianity — was killed at the scene.
This was followed after a few hours by a shooting at a guard post at a junction on Route 463 in the Binyamin region of the West Bank, north of Jerusalem.
One IDF soldier was lightly hurt. The terrorist escaped.
The Israeli military is sending reinforcements to the Jerusalem and West Bank sectors, in a bid to thwart further attacks.
A Hamas spokesman, Hazem Qassem, said on Thursday, “The spreading resistance and clashes by our people in the West Bank and their resistance in the heart of occupied Jerusalem is an active response against the destructive Trump deal” — referring to US President Donald Trump’s recently-unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal.
A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said, “The ‘deal of the century’ caused such escalation and tension by trying to impose fake facts on the ground. We have repeatedly warned that any deal that doesn’t answer the minimum of Palestinian rights and that doesn’t aim to make a just and lasting peace will definitely lead to the tension we are witnessing today.”
After a security tour of the Jerusalem area in the wake of the attacks, Netanyahu said, in remarks directed at Abbas, “This won’t help you — not the stabbings, not the rammings, not the snipings and not the incitement. We will do whatever it takes to protect our security, set our borders and ensure our future. We will do this with or without you.”
ראש הממשלה נתניהו בסיור ביטחוני במחסום כביש המנהרות: “אבו מאזן, זה לא יעזור לך – לא הדקירות, לא הדריסות, לא הצליפות ולא ההסתות. אנחנו נעשה כל מה שצריך כדי להגן על ביטחוננו, לקבוע את גבולותינו, להבטיח את עתידנו. נעשה את זה יחד איתך או בלעדיך”. pic.twitter.com/y8kI6tf8SE
— ראש ממשלת ישראל (@IsraeliPM_heb) February 6, 2020
Netanyahu’s top political rival, Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White party, tweeted, “We must not let terror raise its head — not in Gaza and not in Judea and Samaria.”
ביחד עם כל עם ישראל, אני מתפלל לרפואתם של חיילי גולני שנפצעו הלילה בפיגוע הדריסה בירושלים.
סומך על כוחות הביטחון שישימו את ידיהם על המחבל השפל וייסגרו עימו חשבון.
אסור לתת לטרור להרים את ראשו-לא בעזה ולא באיו”ש.
— בני גנץ – Benny Gantz (@gantzbe) February 6, 2020