As the families of the two Israelis killed in Sunday's terrorist attack mourn their losses, PM Netanyahu shared his, and all of Israel's, condelences. The Times of Israel's Stuart Winer also reports that Netanyahu urged his nation to be alert, as terrorists are particularly motivated to violence during the High Holy Days season:
Speaking at a small ceremony at the Prime Minister’s Office ahead of the upcoming fast of Yom Kippur and Sukkot festival, Netanyahu also sent condolences to the families of the victims of the shooting attack.
“We know that this is a time when those who fan the flames of terrorism and the inciters try to ignite a conflagration,” he said. “All citizens must be alert, certainly the security forces, who work day and night to protect us and who serve as a buffer and a wall between these murderers and the citizens of Israel.”
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins at nightfall on Tuesday and the week-long Sukkot holiday starts next Sunday night. During the course of Sukkot, tens of thousands of visitors are expected to come to Jerusalem and its Old City.
On Sunday, a terrorist opened fire on passersby and people waiting at a light rail stop near Ammunition Hill in the north of Jerusalem. Levana Malihi, 60, a retired Knesset employee, and police officer First Sergeant Yosef Kirma, 29, were killed in the attack and six other injured. The shooter was killed by police.
“Yesterday was a sad day in Jerusalem. I would like to send condolences to the family of our friend, Levana Malihi. I think that whoever who was in the Knesset remembers her radiant smile, and we cry together with her family, and with the family of the heroic policeman, Yossi Kirma, who chased after the terrorist and lost his life in the pursuit, which, without a doubt, saved many lives...”