Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that authorities have apprehended a third man involved in the terror attack at the Sarona Market in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday night in which two Palestinians opened fire on customers at a cafe in the plaza, killing four and wounding 16.
Speaking at the site of the attack a day later, Netanyahu said: “This nation is strong. They will not defeat us. In this place yesterday four innocent Israelis were murdered. We mourn them. Life is already returning to its routine around us, and that’s a good thing.”
Netanyahu noted that the security establishment took a series of steps in the 24 hours since the attack, including “cordoning off the West Bank village of Yatta, the terrorists’ hometown, catching a man who collaborated with the terrorists, revoking work permits of hundreds of members of their family, and freezing thousands of entry permits into Israel for Ramadan.”
He also slammed the Palestinian Authority for failing to condemn the attack but praised Israelis’ strength and resilience.
“I heard unequivocal condemnation from all the most important capitals in the world,” said the prime minister.
“I didn’t hear such condemnation from the Palestinian Authority. Meanwhile, I heard the cries of joy in Gaza. That shows who it is that we are facing.”
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Thursday that “all those involved in the attack will not escape justice.”
“Those who tried and succeeded in harming innocent Jews, at this very moment they and their families are paying and will pay the price. And those who sent them, directly and indirectly,” Liberman said at an event in northern Israel marking a decade since the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
“Those who incite and provide the ideological and operational infrastructure for these acts, will not be spared. We will catch each and every one of them,” he warned.
Earlier Thursday, Liberman ordered a moratorium on returning Palestinian attackers’ bodies to their families for burial and called to expedite the process of razing terrorists’ home to within 24 hours.