Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has issued a video statement, addressing the public directly after tonight’s terror attack in Bnei Brak.
“We are facing a new wave of terror. What we saw during Operation Guardian of the Walls… was a harbinger of things to come,” he says, referencing the violence between Jews and Arabs in the so-called mixed cities during last May’s Gaza war.
Notably, he does not refer to the terror wave as an “Arab terror wave” as he did in his previous statement issued immediately after the attack.
“The security forces of the State of Israel are among the best in the world. They are prepared to face the task, and as in previous waves, this time too we will win.”
“The civilians and police officers who shot at the terrorists at the various attack scenes are the heroes of Israel,” he says.
“After a period of silence, there is a violent outburst from those trying to destroy us, those who want to harm us at all costs, those who are moved by hatred of the Jews and of the State of Israel, those who are willing to die as long so that we cannot live in peace.”
“The secret of our existence is our kindness to one another and our determination to defend the home we built at all costs,” he says. “Citizens of Israel, this time too we will win.”