JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the site of the deadly attack on an Israeli couple and ordered the deployment of security cameras on all West Bank roads.
Netanyahu, accompanied by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, on Tuesday toured the site near the West Bank settlement of Itamar and then met for a security discussion with local commanders at the Israel Defense Forces Samaria Brigade Headquarters.
“The focus of this visit is active defence along the roads,” Netanyahu said following the meeting. “A significant portion of the attacks are taking place along main roads and we have agreed here on a very serious plan in which we will deploy ground and aerial cameras on all roads in Judea and Samaria, with command and control centres, communication centres and fast response times.”
“This change can significantly enhance our ability to thwart such attacks and of course to locate the perpetrators. This is a very, very important element in restoring security,” he said.
Netanyahu called on West Bank leaders “to act responsibly, to be precise. We are in an ongoing struggle. Such a struggle does not require harsh criticism, it requires a lot of strength, a resolute attitude, much composure and thoroughness – this is what we are doing.”
The prime minister also announced that he has called for an investigation of the Palestinian shopkeepers who spit at and kicked Adele Bennett, who had been stabbed and was bleeding, as she called for help. Her husband, Aharon Bennett, and a second man, Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, were killed in the Oct. 3 attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. “I asked that these people be investigated, prosecuted and their stores closed according to law,” Netanyahu said.
The visit to the West Bank came hours after thousands of right wing protesters rallied outside of the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem on Monday night calling for increased security in the West Bank and Jerusalem in the wake of recent terror attacks.
The protesters also called for new settlements to be set up in the West Bank in response to the attacks.