Bennett: Let's Pull Ourselves Together

Economy Minister links Jerusalem terrorist attack with Israel's failure to respond to ongoing "silent intifada" in the capital.

Hezki Baruch and Elad Benari,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
Flash 90

“It’s time to pull ourselves together,” Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said on Wednesday evening following the terrorist attack in Jerusalem in which a baby girl was killed and eight people were injured.

"The Israeli government has failed in the past year to provide security for the residents of Jerusalem, Israel's capital. What happened tonight is a continuation of hundreds of attacks in recent months, which were left without an appropriate response,"  he said.

"Those who fear to build homes in Jerusalem, who do not respond to rock throwing attacks in the capital, who allow the torching of gas stations and train stations, are declaring that they have relinquished sovereignty over Jerusalem,” added Bennett.

“If there is no sovereignty, there is no security, and it's time to pull ourselves together,” he declared.

Wednesday’s attack occurred when a terrorist hit people with his car outside the Givat Hatachmoshet (Ammunition Hill) Light Rail stop.

Police confirmed that a Jerusalem police officer shot the driver, seriously wounding him after he attempted to flee from the scene on foot. The terrorist later died in hospital.

President Reuven Rivlin said following the attack that it should “disgust all those who have a heart.”

“The increasing incitement on the Arab streets and the streets of Jerusalem, which unfortunately receives the backing of leaders in the Arab world, has the ability to destroy the delicate balance of life in Jerusalem, and carry us all into a maelstrom of destruction and pain," added Rivlin.