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Mayor urges tough response to terror, says Jerusalem must not be divided

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat blames today’s terror attack on the “continued incitement” against Israel among Palestinians, adding that the Israeli government must respond quickly and forcefully to any future threats against Jewish residents of the city.

“We must have a tough response, towards the terrorists and those who send them,” he says.

Barkat says the homes of terrorists must be demolished or boarded up within a week of their attacks.

The mayor stresses that he does not support dividing the city, or ceding control of its eastern neighborhoods.

“We must not divide the city, it will only be worse,” he says.

Barkat adds that most of the city’s Arab residents are interested in quelling tensions.

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