Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem said, Thursday evening, "We will not surrender to terrorism, even when we lick our wounds." Speaking at a memorial observance for eight students murdered by a terrorist at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva, he continued, "Mercaz Harav in Jerusalem is a symbol of values and sacrifice, a symbol and model for the nation of Israel and Jerusalem. Together we will continue to raise the flag. May the memory of the fallen be blessed."
The mayor also said, "The Mercaz Harav Yeshiva expanded. Jerusalem is sovereign and more powerful, and Israel gives sanity to our region."