Amid Spate of Attacks, Bennett Calls on All Israelis Who Have a Gun License: ‘Now Is the Time to Carry It’

Israeli PM says that he had decided to establish a new Border Police brigade and instructs security forces to track those who ever had any connection to ISIS

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Israeli Border Police patrol in the Old City of Jerusalem as Palestinians walk to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound for prayers, this month.
Israeli Border Police patrol in the Old City of Jerusalem as Palestinians walk to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound for prayers, this month.Credit: Maya Alleruzzo /AP

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday that those who have a license to carry a weapon 'should do it now,' after the recent string of Palestinian terror attacks over the past week that left 11 people dead.   

The most lethal of the three occurred on Tuesday night in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak; a Palestinian gunman killed four civilians and a police officer before being shot.

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Delivering a video-taped statement, Bennett said that he had decided to establish a new Border Police brigade and instructed security forces to track those who have ever had any connection to the Islamic State.

Bennett also said that three reserve Border Police companies were called up. "As of now, our forces have carried out more than 200 arrests and interrogations. The home of the terrorist from Yabed has already been mapped ahead of demolition, and we're working to raze it as soon as possible," he said, referring to the Palestinian assailant who shot dead five people on Tuesday.  

Israel Prime Minister Bennet, at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on SundayCredit: Marc Isarel Sellem

The investigation of Tuesday's attack revealed that the gunman arrived at the scene driving an unregistered vehicle.

A knife, 500 shekels ($157) and a bus pass were found on the terrorist's body. The police currently suspect that he crossed into Israel from the West Bank through a checkpoint and not through a breached fence. The investigation also revealed that the assailant's rifle had many malfunctions throughout the incident.

Bennett added that the decision to establish a new Border Police company is not because of the attack, but rather "a strategic action that goes beyond the current terror wave and is one of the lessons learned from last year's Gaza war.

On Sunday, two Arab citizens of Israel who sympathize with the Islamic State opened fire at a crowd at a bus station in Hadera, killing two 19-year-old members of the Border Police. Four people were killed in a stabbing and car ramming rampage in the southern city of Be'er Sheva last Tuesday by a Bedouin Israeli citizen who also identified with the Islamic State.  

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