Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a harsh warning to terrorists on Sunday, opening his weekly Cabinet session stating that the justice system is trying to crack down on the growing terror in Jerusalem.
"Rocks and Molotov cocktails are lethal weapons, they kill and have killed, so the last few days we have changed the rules of engagement for policemen in Jerusalem," Netanyahu began. ''At the end of last week they used the new measures under the new directives, and struck the rock throwers and Molotov cocktail throwers."
"We will also reinforce our forces against terrorists, under the simple principle that we apply around our borders and within our territory: anyone who tries to harm us – we hurt them," he added.
Netanyahu also addressed the legislative side of the issue.
"We also began promoting rapid legislation imposing fines on parents of minors throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails," he said, referring to legislation promoted by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Social Affairs Minister Haim Katz late last week. "Of no less importance to me is promoting legislation for determining the minimum sentence for rock throwers, Molotov cocktails and fireworks."
"We cannot accept the principle that in Jerusalem, our capital, or any part of the State Israel, the Galilee or the Negev, people organize mass terror and start throwing bottles at passing cars – or [throw] rocks, killing people," Netanyahu added, referring to the death of Jerusalemite Alexander Levlovitz on Rosh Hashanah Eve.
"This norm will not stay here, it will become the opposite: we will catch you in the act, we will punish you to the full extent of the law," Netanyahu warned. "This is the norm that we seek to instill in all citizens of Israel, all residents of Israel and all the judges of Israel."
"With all due respect to the court, we have the right and obligation to determine this norm, as we have done in relation to sexual offenses, and we will set a minimum sentences rock throwers and throwing Motolov cocktails."
''I would like to take this opportunity to express deep appreciation to the police – which is struggling with these phenomena under difficult conditions," he continued. "I, with the Minister of Public Security, visited police headquarters, and I was impressed by their determination, their desire to work and their ability to operate."