In the Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Ya’akov, where a Palestinian terrorist murdered seven people last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presided over a tree-planting event on Monday to commemorate Tu Bishvat.
Moshe Lion, the mayor of Jerusalem, the relatives of the murder victims, police officials, doctors, and paramedics who treated the injured at the scene of the attack on January 27 joined Netanyahu.
The Israeli capital’s Old City sits next to the City of David National Park entrance, where a second Palestinian terrorist shot and critically injured an Israeli father and son the day after.
“Dear bereaved families, I understand the suffering you are experiencing. Please know that the entire nation is with you in your time of need. The tree of life is this one; they arrive to sow death while we cultivate life. Seven of our loved ones were murdered by them a few days ago, and now here we are, a few days later, strengthening our ties to our homeland, said Netanyahu on Monday.
“We know the best way to combat terrorism is to attack it and strengthen our ties to our country. Our target is terrorism. A homicidal group attempted to kill dozens of Israeli civilians at a restaurant in Almog Junction the following day, but they were unsuccessful.
On Sunday night, Israeli security forces conducted an operation that captured the terrorist group involved in an attempted mass shooting at a restaurant close to Jericho. Netanyahu was referring to that operation.
Two males approached the Me Casa Restaurant outside the Israeli town of Vered Yericho on January 28 while wearing bulletproof vests and an assault rifle.
Still, the IDF said they could only fire one shot before their weapon jammed.
The attack didn’t result in any injuries.
During the Sunday arrest raid in the refugee camp of Aqbat Jaber, south of Jericho, Israeli forces came under fire.
They responded by firing back and killing three assailants.
“The right approach to terrorism is to combat it and establish strong roots within our national territory.
Here at Neve Ya’akov, this is what we are doing right now. We are conducting this across the nation. We won’t stop planting; instead, we’ll move forward quickly, added Netanyahu.
“I embrace your family, dear ones. Together, we can conquer this. The Israeli prime said, “The memory of your loved ones will always be with you and us. However, the correct reaction for the State of Israel is to strengthen the ties of the Israeli people to their homeland.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion planted an olive tree this morning in honor of Tu B'Shvat, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov, near the site of the recent terrorist attack. https://t.co/C8nmctKO0m pic.twitter.com/6NFL9oVkti
— Prime Minister of Israel (@IsraeliPM) February 6, 2023