PM Netanyahu: "We intend to give soldiers and police officers the tools necessary to act very firmly against those who throw stones and firebombs. We are changing our policy to declare war on those who throw rocks and firebombs."
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday evening (15 September 2015) convened a discussion on the security situation in and around Jerusalem and said at the start of the meeting: "We will use all necessary measures to fight against those who throw stones, firebombs, pipebombs and fireworks in order to attack civilians and police. On the eve of the holiday it was again proven that throwing stones can kill. Such actions will be met with very sharp punitive and preventive responses. We will lead systemic changes and will set a new standard of deterrence and prevention."
Prime Minister Netanyahu emphasized that Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount and added that rioters would not be allowed to prevent Jews from visiting the Mount. The Prime Minister directed that a further discussion be held next week in order to advance the steps decided on this evening.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning (16 September 2015) toured the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv where Alexander Levlovich was killed. PM Netanyahu issued the following statement:
"We are changing policy. The present situation is unacceptable and we intend to give soldiers and police officers provide the tools necessary to act very firmly against those who throw stones and firebombs. The stone does not distinguish between a car hit here, in which an Israeli citizen was killed, and a rock thrown within the Green Line. We are also going to adopt changes in the rules of engagement and for minimum sentences on those who throw stones and firebombs. In addition, we will massively increase fines for minors and their families to create deterrence there as well. In the State of Israel these phenomena are intolerable, and I’m not just talking about the roads to Jerusalem or about Jerusalem itself, I am talking about the Galilee and the Negev as well. We are changing our policy to declare war on those who throw rocks and firebombs."
Regarding the Temple Mount, the Prime Minister said:
"We are in favor of strictly maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount. The status quo is upset constantly by agitators and rioters who barricade themselves on the Temple Mount and harass worshipers, or, more precisely, the Jewish visitors. This is also unacceptable to us. We are dealing with this, in cooperation and dialogue with Jordan, and not just with them."
PM Netanyahu to Cabinet (20 September): "Stones and firebombs are deadly weapons; they kill and have killed. Therefore, in recent days we have changed the open-fire orders for police in Jerusalem. Already over the weekend they used the new measures under the new orders and immediately hit those throwing stones and firebombs. Today we will facilitate an additional expansion of the ability of the police to foil the throwing of stones and firebombs and we will continue to add forces in order to strike at rioters under a simple principle that we will begin to implement around and within its borders: Whoever tries to attack us, we will hurt him.
We have also started to quickly advance legislation to impose fines on the parents of minors who throw stones and firebombs. No less important in my view is the advancing of legislation to set minimum punishments for those who throw stones, firebombs and fireworks. We cannot accept the principle that in Jerusalem our capital, or in any part of the State of Israel, in the Galilee or in the Negev, people will organize terrorism and begin to stone passing cars or throw stones and murder people."
PMW – Palestinian Media Watch – report (Sept 20, 2015)
The Palestinian Authority and Fatah have been the driving force behind the ongoing riots in Jerusalem that peaked during the Jewish New Year with the murder of Alexander Levlovich, whose car was hit by rocks thrown by Palestinians. Senior Palestinian Authority and Fatah leaders close to Mahmoud Abbas have called for violence to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest religious site.
"[Fatah official] Nabil Shaath… called on the Palestinian and Arab masses to carry out riots of rage."
Fatah spokesman: "Go to the areas of conflict in order to ‘explode’ in front of the occupier and its assistants."
Mahmoud Abbas: "We will not sit idly by in the face of these attacks."
Mahmoud Abbas’s Adviser Sultan Abu Al-Einein "concluded with a call to Fatah movement members… [to] carry out widespread public uprisings, in order to make the enemy pay a price for its actions ‘because the hand that will be raised against the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] will be amputated.’"
Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman: "East Jerusalem and the places holy to Islam and Christianity are a red line, and we will not sit idly by."