Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday ordered the installation of concrete safety barriers at hundreds of Jerusalem’s bus stops to protect civilians from terror attacks. The move came hours after a car-ramming terror attack that injured 14 Israelis.
Netanyahu consulted with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.
The plan, proposed by Barkat, will see protective posts designed to prevent car-rammings temporarily installed at bus stops throughout the capital, focusing on areas where there is the greatest risk of attacks.
The mayor’s initiative is set to cost the municipality some NIS 2 million (over $500,000). Katz vowed to work with the municipality to secure the required budget from the Finance Ministry.
Barkat welcomed Netanyahu’s directive and thanked the prime minister for his swift response to the attack.
“I would like to thank Netanyahu for initiating the meeting and advancing the municipality’s plan for protecting bus stops, and Minister Katz for offering to help allocate the funds, even though its not his responsibility to do so,” the mayor said in a statement Monday evening.
Barkat, who arrived at the scene of the attack earlier on Monday, urged residents to be on the alert for further attacks, but also stressed the need to “go on with your daily routine, and not let the terrorists win.”
Abed el-Muhsen Hassuna, a 21-year-old man from East Jerusalem, plowed his car into a group of people waiting at a bus stop at the entrance to the city on Monday afternoon. Among the 14 people injured in the attack were a 15-month-old baby.
Jerusalem has been one of the two focal points of terror attacks since the latest wave of violence began in October, with the West Bank city of Hebron being the other. More than 20 Israelis have been killed since the start of the violence, and hundreds more have been wounded.