PM Urges 'Constant Vigilance' Against Terror

Prime Minister leaves emergency security meeting with few practical solutions, but urges Israelis to be resilient.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Netanyahu (R) at emergency meeting with Gilad Erdan (L)
Netanyahu (R) at emergency meeting with Gilad Erdan (L)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu urged the Israeli public to be resilient on Wednesday, after no fewer than three major terror attacks in a span of hours. 

"We're still in the midst of a wave of terror," Netanyahu said. "We're acting firmly against terrorists, against lawbreakers and against incitement. We increased our security forces and we are giving them all the means and methods necessary to fight this terrorism."

"The citizens are at the forefront of the war on terror and the most vigilance is demanded from them, too," he continued. "I want to commend the poise and courage the citizens of Israel have shown in recent days and on this day, in Jerusalem and Kiryat Gat." 

"The goal of terrorism is to spread fear, and the first order to defeat terrorism is to display composure and personal resilience and confidence," he added. "We have known worse times, and we will overcome this wave of terror with determination, responsibility and unity." 

Netanyahu consulted with Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat,  Deputy Police Commissioner Benzi Sau, Jerusalem District Commander Moshe Edri, and chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, MK Tzachi Hanegbi at the meeting. 

Wednesday has seen a notable increase in attacks, both in number and their severity. Near Tekoa, Arabs attacked cars with stones and cinder blocks. When one woman stopped her car, the assailants tried to drag her out.

Later, an Arab terrorist stabbed a Jewish man in Jerusalem's Old City. The wounded man then managed to draw his own weapon and shoot the terrorist.

Most recently, an Arab man in Kiryat Gat stabbed a soldier in the head and tried to steal his gun. When police arrived on the scene, the terrorist opened fire on them, but he was killed in the firefight.

Hezki Ezra, Tova Dvorin, and Matt Wanderman contributed to this report.