After the initiative proved effective in the West Bank, PM Netanyahu instructs officials to fortify 300 bus-stops in the Jewish capital with concrete barriers, following latest vehicular terror-attack that left 11 Jewish Israelis wounded in Jerusalem.
* Arab driver was shot dead before exiting car with meat-cleaver.
By Itamar Eichner
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday decided to fortify 300 bus stations in Jerusalem after a terrorist from East Jerusalem rammed his car into people waiting at a bus stop at the western entrance to the capital, wounding 11 people.
The prime minister held a consultation with Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in the wake of the attack, in which he instructed them to place concrete barriers in front of hundreds of Jerusalem bus stations.
This is not the first time concrete barriers are placed in front of public transportation stations. Amid a wave of vehicular attacks in late 2014, such barriers were placed in front of bus stops and light rail stations in Jerusalem, and bus stops and hitchhiking stations in the West Bank have also been fortified with such measures, which proved to be efficient in stopping attacks.
Netanyahu, describing the wave of attacks as “a new type of terror by individuals which challenges us and other countries,” praised the quick response of people at the scene whose actions “prevented far more serious tragedies.”
“We are acting constantly to fight this terror and I have no doubt that eventually we will overcome it,” Netanyahu told a Likud party meeting moments after the attack.
Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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