After hours of violent disturbances, the riots in eastern Jerusalem were brought under control overnight Wednesday, and quiet was restored in the area.
A security source quoted by Kan News said that the police will increase their presence in the coming days in Jerusalem to restore order. "We are not in Guardian of the Walls 2 - but the situation in Jerusalem could get out of control," the source said.
Police and Border Police forces dealt with several violent disturbances and riots in eastern Jerusalem Wednesday evening.
In one of the incidents, the vehicle of a Jewish family was hit with rocks in an attempted lynching in the Beit Hanina neighborhood.
The family members said that Arabs blocked the road and pelted the car with rocks without giving them the opportunity to escape.
Before that, Arabs threw Molotov cocktails at a Jewish vehicle near the Mount of Olives.
There were no casualties in both incidents.
The forces responded with riot dispersal means following the throwing of firebombs and stones, shooting fireworks, burning trash cans, blocking roads and attempts to harm the security forces.
During a violent disturbance in Issawiya, two police officers were lightly injured while acting on the scene to repel the rioters. The suspicion that the injury was caused by pipe bombs that were thrown at them during the violation of the order was investigated.
During the day, five suspects were arrested for participating in the disturbances and the activity against the violent rioters continues.
The chairman of the Religious Zionism Party, MK Bezalel Smotrich, commented on the wave of Arab riots and said, "In the middle of the holiday, Jerusalem, our eternal capital, is burning. A terrorist attack in the neighborhoods of the city, terrorists are shooting, throwing rocks and firebombs and trying to murder Jews. Total loss of control, Lapid, Gantz and Barlev - you are guilty of this. It is time to return sovereignty to Jerusalem and Israel."
The chairman of the Otzma Yehudit Party, MK Itamar Ben Gvir, attacked the Public Security Minister in the wake of the riots and said, "Omer Barlev, why don't you allow our police officers to open live fire on hundreds of terrorists who are trying to murder them at this moment in Jerusalem? How long will you abandon their lives and our lives?"
Shas chairman Aryeh Deri said that "the violent footage from eastern Jerusalem is disturbing. Good-for-nothing Arab terrorists are terrorizing Jews in the capital of the Jewish people. I am strengthening the security forces operating in the area and calling on the Minister of Public Security to stop neglecting the lives of Israeli citizens. Terrorism is defeated with an iron hand."
Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "I am strengthening the residents of Jerusalem who are facing violent rioters at this difficult time, and the men and women of the security forces who are fighting them. This is the result of a weak government on all fronts, from Hezbollah's threats to the neglect of the personal safety of Israeli citizens."