'Jerusalem Will Not Become Cannon Fodder'

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein talks tough on Jerusalem's security, vowing not to let the capital become the 'Gaza belt' of central Israel.

Tova Dvorin,

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein
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Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) addressed the increasing tension in Jerusalem Monday, vowing not to let the lawlessness continue to spiral out of control during the opening session of the Knesset.

"It should be made clear: Jerusalem will not become cannon fodder, neighborhoods on the border [of 1949 Armistice lines - ed.] will not become the Gaza belt, and we will not allow a situation where travel by the light rail is reminiscent of traveling in fortified convoys from Sha'ar Hagai," he said, referencing the passageway to Jerusalem under heavy fire during Israel's 1948 War of Independence.  

"This city has lived in peace and security for years, while preserving the dignity and freedom of movement of its citizens wherever they are, and so it must continue to be."

"I am convinced that the decision-makers know well the routine in maintaining this complex city from day-to-day, and will put in their place all those who try to violate the peace of the city and the safety of residents, visitors and tourists," he added. 

In that vein, Edelstein slammed the Tel Aviv municipality for canceling eighth-graders' school trip to the capital on account of security concerns earlier this week. 

The students were supposed to visit the Western Wall and Ammunition Hill, next to the place where Wednesday’s terrorist attack, in which three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun was murdered, took place.

"I am so sorry to hear about the municipality's decision to cancel student trips to the capital," he said.

"With all due respect to the understandable desire to maintain the children's safety, it seems to me that this is one step too many, which sends a negative message of excessive fear."