Bayit Yehudi holds faction meeting in Old City at site of terrorist attack, calls for zero tolerance for violence; Liberman calls for boycott of Arab vendors in Old City.
The government must have zero tolerance for violence, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday, after his Bayit Yehudi faction held a meeting in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The faction meeting took place on Haguy Street in the Old City, where Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Benita, 22, were murdered. Benita’s wife, Adel, was also stabbed, and said that when she asked local Arab vendors for help, they hit her, spit at her and taunted her. MK Motti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) opened a temporary extra-parliamentary office on the site – setting up a folding table and chairs for himself and his aides and a paper sign reading “MK Yogev’s Office” – in the alley earlier Tuesday.
Bennett explained that the meeting was held there to assert Israeli sovereignty and rule of law.
“We are on Haguy Street in the Old City and the principle that guides us is that the fate of Haguy Street in the Old City of Jerusalem will be the same as the fate of Ibn Gvirol Street in Tel Aviv,” he said. “Rule of law and sovereignty needs to be identical here to rule of law on the streets of Tel Aviv.”
Bennett called for there to be “no spitting, no shouting, no harassment, no rock-throwing and no Molotov cocktails – a policy of zero tolerance.”
Bayit Yehudi MKs received a briefing from Old City Security Office Meir Tal, who described the tense security situation in recent weeks, including Arabs throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Jews, as well as spitting on them and constantly harassing Jewish residents.