Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Kobi Gideon/GPO

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening ordered security forces to speed up the process of demolition of terrorists’ homes and to continue to use administrative detentions against terrorists.

The directive came following a security assessment held by Netanyahu upon his return to Israel from New York, in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

"I’ve instructed to speed up the demolition of terrorists' homes, the expansion of administrative detention of rioters, further reinforcement of forces in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and the removal of inciters from the Old City and the Temple Mount,” said Netanyahu.

Israel was "waging a fight to the death against Palestinian terror", he added.

Arab riots on the Temple Mount began on the eve of Rosh Hashanah and have continued ever since, but in recent days tensions have risen in the wake of ongoing terrorist attacks in the region.

Overnight Saturday, a 15-year-old teenager was stabbed near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, suffering moderate-to-serious wounds.

The attack was the second attack in Jerusalem in a few hours. Two people were killed in an earlier stabbing attack in the Old City on Saturday evening.

Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Banita Bennett, 21, were named as the victims of the earlier terrorist attack. The Islamic Jihad terrorist group in Gaza took credit for the murder, perpetrated by 19-year-old terrorist Mohannad Shafik Halabi.

That attack followed the brutal murders of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin in Samaria on Thursday evening. They were shot to death by terrorists while in their car and in front of their four children.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Simchat Torah and Shmini Atzeret in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

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