With terrorist stabbings again occurring with troubling frequency, the people of Israel are on edge. The Jerusalem Post reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working with the IDF and Israeli security officials in order to deal with the worsening security situation:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the IDF moved to clamp down on a possible escalation of Palestinian violence against Israelis after six attacks within 48 hours.
The latest attack took place at 6 a.m. Sunday, when a Palestinian assailant stabbed and moderately injured an IDF officer on the outskirts of the Efrat settlement in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank. It followed stabbing attacks outside Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate and Hebron, a vehicular ramming incident on the outskirts of Kiryat Arba, and a stoning attack outside the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement.
Israeli politicians have blamed the violence on Palestinian incitement, while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the problem was that his people had lost any hope of a better future.
Netanyahu spoke about the weekend’s sudden uptick in terrorist attacks at the start of Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, noting that it is linked to the upcoming High Holy Days, a period that he said is always one of greater risk. He praised the IDF and police for quickly responding to the stabbing attacks.