The Israeli Security Cabinet held a meeting on Thursday night on the Arab terror wave that has raged since last September, and decided to begin work on fences around Jerusalem and near Hevron – but did not decide on any additional steps.
The Cabinet decided to start work closing the breaches in the security barrier around Jerusalem, and to construct an additional fence near Tarqumiyah, a Palestinian Arab town located near Hevron in Judea.
During the Cabinet meeting the prime minister and governmental ministers received a report regarding the implementation of additional steps, but at the end of the meeting no significant decision was made to crush the Arab terror wave plaguing Israel.
Regarding the decision to patch up holes in the Jerusalem fence, video evidence has shown that Arabs freely scale over the expensive barrier, effectively rendering it useless. Activists have said thousands of Arabs have been caught on security cameras climbing over, but by the time security forces reach the location they have already disappeared in Arab neighborhoods on the other side of the fence.
Aside from the fence initiatives, the Cabinet was also updated regarding several other moves, such as promoting new legal measures against employers of illegal Palestinian Arab workers, shutting down inciting Palestinian Arab media outlets, denying work permits to the families and associates of terrorists, and shortening the time before demolishing terrorists' homes.
Earlier on Thursday former Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) blasted the government for not taking decisive action to quash the ongoing terror wave. He called to expel Arabs who illegally sneaked over the 1949 Armistice lines, and to expel those inciting to terror.
Along the lines of expulsion, a recent Pew Research Center survey published Tuesday revealed that 48% of Israeli Jews are in favor of expelling Arabs from Israel, as opposed to 46% who opposed such measures.