Interior Security Minister Gilad Erdan reacted Sunday to demands for a tougher response to terror by telling Kol Yisrael public radio by saying that “We need to grin and bear it” – (literally – “We need to bite our lips,” ed.), and that “Israel has experienced such terror waves from time to time.”
Erdan rejected as “ridiculous” criticism of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over the fact that he did not return to Israel immediately from New York when the last wave of murders began. “The Prime Minister spoke to me until 3:00 AM last night,” he added.
As Internal Security Minister, Erdan has attempted to get tough on Islamist violence in the Temple Mount, and to stop the Islamist harassment of Jews who visit the Mount and wish to pray there. The Israeli government recently took steps to outlaw the Islamist groups that purposely crowd around Jews visiting the Mount and shout at them, and has also allowed security forces to take stronger action against rock and firebomb throwers, including the use of sniper rifles with nonlethal ammunition. New laws setting four-year minimum penalties for rock and firebomb attacks have also been advanced.
Muslim terrorism seems has been stepped up a notch, meanwhile, and to be centered upon Jerusalem's Old City, in the area surrounding the Temple Mount.
21 year-old Aharon Banita Bennett was laid to rest Sunday afternoon at Jerusalem's Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Givat Shaul, in the presence of thousands of mourners.
Bennett, along with Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, were murdered in a stabbing attack from a Palestinian Arab terrorist in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday night.
The same attack injured his wife and son; his infant daughter miraculously escaped unscathed.
Lavi was murdered in that attack when he ran out of his home to help Bennett; he was laid to rest at noon Sunday in the same cemetery. Israeli leaders hailed him as a hero for his actions.