Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to Monday's bus bombing in Jerusalem which left at least 16 wounded, including one critically and two seriously, pledging to find those responsible and "settle the score."
"We will find whoever made the bomb, we'll get to [the terrorists] who delivered it, we'll get to the people standing behind [this attack] and we'll settle the score with these terrorists."
"We're in a constant battle against terrorism – terrorism of knives, of shootings, and of missiles. And also of tunnels. Israel made a great achievement in our efforts to find the terror tunnels," said Netanyahu, referring to Monday's announcement of the discovery of a Hamas tunnel leading into Israel.
MK Bezalel Smotrich called upon Netanyahu to cancel the planned withdrawal of IDF forces from Palestinian Authority (PA) cities, citing Monday's bus bombing as "a reminder" of what could happen.
"Anyone who needed a reminder of what would happen if the IDF will stop operating in the major Arab cities in Judea and Samaria got [that reminder] today. It was 14 years ago that the Park Hotel was attacked during the Passover Seder; that terrible terror attack that came after a long period of [violence] in which 1,000 people were killed – and it was that [attack] that led to Operation Defensive Shield, and from then on the IDF took back responsibility for ensuring the safety of Israeli citizens."
"We must never return to the mistakes of Oslo, which cost us so much blood. I call on the Prime Minister to reject the proposal and the concessions [plan] and end the terror [wave] by removing the motivations that have fueled it," said Smotrich.
Terror groups rejoice
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin offered his prayers to those injured in the attack, and assured Israelis that the IDF would find those responsible for attacks like Monday's bus bombing.
“Our prayers for a speedy recovery go out to those injured in the terror attack, being treated as we speak in hospitals across Jerusalem. On such a day – when thanks to the dedicated work of the security services, this morning the discovery was revealed of a terror tunnel in the south, and in the evening frightened citizens returning from their daily routine are being rushed to hospital – it is clear to us all, that the struggle against terrorism is ceaseless."
"We will pursue and we will reach all those who wish us harm, until quiet is assured," he concluded.
The Hamas terror organization praised Monday's bombing, calling it "the natural response to Israeli crimes, particularly the field executions it conducts, and the assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Islamic Jihad also justified the attack, saying that it "delivered the message that the Intifada would continue."