National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir gave a statement at the scene of the deadly shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem, emphasizing that Israel must "fight Hamas like Hamas."
"This is a tragic morning for all of us," he said. "I send my condolences to the families of the murdered, wish a speedy recovery to those injured, and embrace the heroes who saved lives here."
"This event shows once again how we must never show weakness. We must talk with Hamas only through a gunsight, only during war. We will fight Hamas like Hamas."
"Another thing this shows - the advantage of the policy of distributing firearms, despite all the criticism it brings from different parties. I will continue to distribute firearms, to civilian emergency squads, and to ordinary citizens."
"We have seen repeatedly how firearms can save lives, how ordinary citizens and officers can end an incident. These firearms can save us, and have done so repeatedly. We have a committee meeting today about distributing firearms. I believe that the Attorney General's staff can see how things are, and how time after time it has been proven that guns can save people."
"For a month and a half, we have gone from place to place, with the Police Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner, the project manager Shimon Levi, starting civilian emergency squads, distributing firearms, and I am not ashamed to say that we have lowered the criteria for being allowed a firearm. I say to citizens - we have a strong police, a strong army, but they cannot be everywhere. Where citizens have firearms, they can save lives."
"Hamas speaks with two voices, one calling for a ceasefire and one calling for terrorism. My opinion of a ceasefire is well-known. We must not allow Hamas to speak with us with two voices any more."