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Netanyahu visits hospitalized terror victims, vows to do ‘everything’ to restore security

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

Prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, right, at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem to visit those injured in a deadly bombing attack, November 23, 2022. (Likud/courtesy)
Prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, right, at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem to visit those injured in a deadly bombing attack, November 23, 2022. (Likud/courtesy)

Visiting victims of this morning’s coordinated Jerusalem terror attacks who are hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu says he will do “everything to return security” to Israelis, as he works to form the country’s next government.

“We still have a fight against cruel terror, which is again raising its head. We’ll do everything to return security to all Israeli citizens, rapidly,” Netanyahu says.

His current expected roster of security nominees includes Likud MK Yoav Gallant, a former head of the military’s Southern Command, as defense minister, as well as firebrand Otzma Yehudit leader MK Itamar Ben Gvir for public security minister.

Likud party leader Netanyahu also sends condolences to the victims and their families, including the family of 16-year-old Aryeh Schupak who died in the attack.

“I send condolences to the family of yeshiva student and 16-year-old teenager Aryeh, who was killed in a cruel way,” Netanyahu says before leaving the hospital, adding that he is praying for the recovery of the attack’s additional 22 injured people.

This morning’s terror attacks fall on the Beta Israel community’s Sigd holiday, which Ethiopian Jews celebrate to commemorate the covenant between God and the nation of Israel.

One of the severely wounded victims from the attacks is an Ethiopian immigrant to Israel, Netanyahu says.

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