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Ben Gvir after Jerusalem attacks: There must be a high price for terror

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Otzma Yehudit MK Itamar Ben Gvir at the scene of an explosion in Jerusalem, November 23, 2022. (Courtesy Otzma Yehudit)
Otzma Yehudit MK Itamar Ben Gvir at the scene of an explosion in Jerusalem, November 23, 2022. (Courtesy Otzma Yehudit)

Presumptive incoming public security minister Itamar Ben Gvir arrives at the site of this morning’s Jerusalem terror attacks and says Israel needs to “exact a price for terror.”

“Terror needs to pay a very, very, very high price,” the far-right Otzma Yehudit leader says.

Ben Gvir says that Israel needs to “bring back targeted assassinations,” put more restrictions on prisoners convicted of security crimes, stop the Palestinian Authority’s payments to families of terrorists, and “enact a lockdown and go house to house” after this morning’s combined attacks across two sites that already claimed one life.

“Policy needs to change,” he says.

Amid the ongoing efforts to form a right-wing and religious government under Likud, Ben Gvir adds, “we have to form a government as soon as possible; terror doesn’t wait.”

From the terror scene, Ben Gvir says he’s heading to Jerusalem’s Share Zedek hospital to “visit the injured.”

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