Mayors and MKs Slam ´Terror Disruptions´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 03/15/12)
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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat responded to Thursday´s stabbing of a
female soldier on Jerusalem´s light rail saying terrorists are
seeking to disrupt Israeli life.
"I regard this attempt to disrupt life in Jerusalem with great
gravity. Routine events in Jerusalem will continue as planned, and
the light rail will continue to operate and serve all residents, Jews
and Arabs," Barkat said.
"I urge residents to continue their daily routines and to remain
alert. Security for the light rail is done in collaboration with
police and security forces, and in accordance with their respective
directives. Railway guards are deployed in the cars, and railway
stations, and patrol activity along the tracks to ensure the safety
and security of passengers," he added.
MK Lia Shemtov (Yisrael Beiteinu) said she had warned security
problems would arise.
"Two months ago, I warned about the danger of the train´s route
entering Arab villages. We have to wait for casualties for our
leaders to wake up?"
MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) said the stabbing underscored
that Israel´s security officials are ignoring the rising tide of
terrorism directed at Jewish Israelis.
"I´m pointing my finger at the Minister of Public Security
Aharonovitch," Ben-Ari said. "[He is] sweeping Arab terrorism under
the carpet. Instead of addressing the problem, he claims it´s ´just
"We´ve had lynchings in Ramla and Haifa, the Nahariya attack, seven
days of rockets, and now this stabbing of a soldier - that is
terrorism and hooliganism," Ben Ari said.
MK Yaakov Katz (National Union) said the rising tide of terrorism
stemmed from the "weakness" of the Netanyahu government.
"The Arabs repeatedly seek to cause us harm by taking advantage of
the weak government," Katz said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Rubik Danilovich of Beer Sheva ordered the city´s
schools closed after a Grad rocket slipped past Israel´s Iron Dome
anti-missile system and slammed into the city near a school.
Danilovich´s decision came on the seventh day of continued rocket
fire on Israel´s southern communities, and overrode a "green light"
from the IDF Home Front Command saying children should return to
school after a theoretical cease-fire was declared with the Gaza
terror gangs late Monday evening.
The "green light" from the Home Front Command came after Israelis in
the south spent four days in bomb shelters due to heavy rocket fire.
MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) complimented Danilovich on he
decision to cancel classes saying the HFC directive
"It is shameful and disturbing to learn the Home Front Command relies
on ´understandings´ with the Arabs and the 90% interception rate of
Iron Dome," Eldad said. "Danilovitch is leading the refusal of
southern mayors to gamble with the lives of the children in their
schools and is not ready to rely on promises from Arab terrorists."
"He understands that only a significant show of deterrent power make
them stop trying to kill Israeli civilians in their homes," Eldad
Eldad´s statements were a rejoinder to criticism of the Iron Dome
system that, despite its high success rate, it does nothing to
address the underlying problem of rockets being launched in the first
Critics have long maintained that Israel´s airstrikes-for-rockets
strategic posture vis-a-vis Gaza has only served to perpetuate the
poor security conditions endured by Israel´s southern residents.
Recently, IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz called for a major ground
operation in Gaza aimed at rooting out the terror infrastructure
there. Several senior generals have described such an incursion
as “inevitable” in recent months.
In making the call, Gantz joined his predecessors, Shaul Mofaz, Dan
Halutz, Moshe Yaalon, and Gabi Ashkenazi. Minister of Public Security
Yitzhak Aharonovitch has also called for a ground incursion into Gaza.
Operation Cast Lead (December 27, 2008 – January 18, 2009), while
broadly considered a tactical victory for Israel, fell short of
actually stopping rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/15/12)
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