Site of Gush Etzion terrorist attack
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Davidi Perl, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, on Wednesday evening called on the government to fight terrorism following the second hit-and-run terror attack in Gush Etzion, in which three IDF soldiers were injured.

"The second hit-and-run attack this evening proves without any doubt that we are in the midst of a third intifada, that [Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud] Abbas stands behind by inciting and encouraging the perpetrators,” said Perl.

"I call on the prime minister and defense minister to deal a decisive, forceful blow against those terrorists who are seeking to uproot us from our land. Alongside the persistent war against terrorism we must lead a national move of construction and expansion in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and all over the land of Israel,” he added.

MK Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home) said, "It's time to take care of the head of the snake, Mahmoud Abbas. Just as Arafat spoke of peace in English and encouraged terrorism in Arabic, the security forces must act decisively and quickly against the wave of terror that is attacking us.”

MK Miri Regev (Likud) responded to the attack as well, saying that it only strengthened Israel’s determination to enforce order.

"The hit-and-run attack in Gush Etzion will not weaken the Israeli police and the law enforcement authorities,” she said, adding, "There is no question who is stronger. The attempts of those terrorists to try and scare only increase the strength and determination of the state to impose law and order on all its citizens.”

Efrat Mayr Oded Revivi said that "acts of violence and terrorism have not led to any achievement in the past, and do not do so in the present. Many of our neighbors already understand this and are able to live alongside us as good neighbors. It is unfortunate and disturbing that there are those who believe in decisions by terrorism."

Wednesday evening’s attack was the second one in eight hours, and was preceded by a car terror attack in Jerusalem which killed a Border Patrol officer, and injured 13 others. Two people are in critical condition and three in moderate condition.