Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Jerusalem Mayor: Terrorists keep inventing new ways to harm our city
By Haaretz Service
Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski was quick to respond to Wednesday's terror attack in downtown Jerusalem, in which a Palestinian man rammed a bulldozer into a crowded bus, saying that terrorists were constantly coming up with new ways to harm Jerusalem.
"My daughter was in the next bus, but she wasn't hurt," Lupolianski told reporters. "To our regret the attackers do not cease coming up with new ways to strike at the heart of the Jewish people here in Jerusalem."
Deputy Prime Minister and Shas Chairman Eli Yishai also responded to the attack, saying that Israel should demolish the home of the perpetrator's family.
If the perpetrator was an Israeli citizen, Yishai said, the law must be changed so that when an Israeli Arab carries out an attack his citizenship is revoked and he is deported. "If it wasn't an Israeli citizen," the Trade Minister went on to say, "we must fight terror as terror has to be fought. We must demolish the terrorists' homes and cut off their stipends."
The Shas leader added that despite the terror attack, negotiations with Palestinian militants should continue over the release of captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.
"There is no point in pressing forward with peace talks right now, as long as there are two [Palestinian] political groups ? Hamas and Fatah," Yishai said. "They fight with each other and we suffer the consequences."
MK Arieh Eldad (National Union) said that the "murderous terror attack in Jerusalem" was a direct result of Israel's kowtowing to terror. "This is a policy of restraint and immoral dealings with terrorist organizations," he said, referring to a recent cease fire agreement with the rulers of the Gaza Strip, Hamas.
According to Eldad, the families of those killed and the wounded know that the ones responsible for the attack are the members of Israel's government, who "stopped fighting terrorism."
MK Uri Harel (National Union) said that the decision not to demolish the home of the perpetrator of the >terror attack at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva on March 6, in fact commissioned Wednesday's attack. "If we continue to avoid obliterating terror, we will invite more attacks," he said.