PM Netanyahu: We will not allow the reality of Jerusalem to become one of throwing stones and firebombs and disturbances. Islamic extremist elements are trying to set alight the capital of Israel and we will use all necessary force, with determination and responsibility, so that they are unsuccessful.
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 26 October 2014):
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"Recently, We will not allow the reality of Jerusalem to become one of throwing stones and firebombs, and disturbances. This is not coincidental. Islamic extremist elements are trying to set alight the capital of Israel and we will use all necessary force, with determination and responsibility, so that they are unsuccessful. and today as well, we are reinforcing Jerusalem with approximately 1,000 Israel Police and Border Police personnel, including from special units. I expect broad support here from all citizens of Israel in order to guard over the capital of Israel.
Today, we are also marking the start of the academic year. We have invested many billions in higher education in order to ensure that ‘the lost decade’, as it is called, is behind us, and that the decade before us will be one of success, prosperity and research on behalf of all Israeli students.
I think that our guiding principle may be summarized in two words – Zionism and excellence. These two values guide all of our education systems, certainly higher education, and I wish our students great success."
2. Pursuant to Article 38 of Basic Law: The Government, http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFA-Archive/2001/Pages/Basic%20Law-%20The%20Government%20-2001-.aspx the Cabinet decided to propose that the Knesset declare a state of emergency for a period of one year, in continuation of the Knesset’s previous declaration, on 14 May 2014, to be valid until 31 December 2014.