Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered to increase security and to demolish terrorists’ homes in response to the recent killings of two Israelis, the prime minister’s press service has said in a statement.
According to the statement, issued following Netanyahu’s late-night consultations with his security team on Monday, a whole range of measures will be taken, including increasing forces on the ground and knocking down the suspects’ homes.
On Monday, an Israeli soldier was stabbed to death near a crowded Tel Aviv train station. In a separate incident on the same day, a 25-year-old Israeli woman was also stabbed to death in a busy traffic circle in the occupied West Bank.
The killings followed mass protests of Arabs in Israel over the killing of an Arab man by Israeli police. Kheir al-Din Hamdan, 22, was shot to death in Kfar Kana village when he tried to escape from the Israeli police officers after threatening them with a knife.
Rioting took place in Arab communities and universities across the country over the weekend, with the most violent protests in Kafr Kana, northern Israel.
On Sunday, Netanyahu said he would adopt harsher measures against protesters.
Tensions between Arabs and Jews grew after Israel’s prime minister announced plans to construct new housing units in East Jerusalem, ordering on Friday to destroy the houses of Arabs who live in Israel and who took part in recent attacks against Jews in Jerusalem. The attacks have been qualified as terrorist acts.