(JNS.org) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened top security officials on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing security situation in Jerusalem and on a major highway leading to Israel's capital following a spate of recent Palestinian terror attacks.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu made it clear that that he cannot accept the current situation in which stones and firebombs have been thrown along the main route to and within Jerusalem.
“The policy is zero tolerance for stone-throwing and zero tolerance for terrorism,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu ordered that additional police units be placed along Highway 443, along with stepped-up intelligence and observation efforts. The government is also looking into adding cameras and lighting along the route to Jerusalem.
Also under consideration is changing the open-fire orders regarding stone and firebomb throwers as well as raising the minimum sentences for those offenses.