Netanyahu vows “decisive” response to Tel Aviv attack
Prime Minister Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says Israel’s response to Wednesday night’s deadly terror attack at the Sarona market in Tel Aviv will be decisive.
Netanyahu said Israel’s security forces will work with determination to track down any who may have aided the shooters and prevent further attacks.
Netanyahu visited the scene of the attack, accompanied by the defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, and public security minister, Gilad Erdan. The ministers were briefed on the situation by the Tel Aviv district police commander, Chico Edri. Netanyahu also met the security guard who shot one of the gunmen, who recounted his actions.
Netanyahu said discussions will be held on both offensive and defensive actions to deal with the serious phenomenon of shooting attacks. We are in the midst of a complex period and we will act forcefully and intelligently, the prime minister said.
Although Hamas praised the attack, there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Netanyahu will gather a meeting of the Security Cabinet today. Avigdor Liberman will take part in the meeting for the first time as Defense Minister.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says that from the moment the attack was known, the IDF has been acting to do whatever is necessary. He stressed that those involved in the attack cannot hide and run from responsibility.
The IDF spokesman said the army forces have been operating in Yatta village, where the terrorists lived, and questioning residents — apparently relatives of the shooters.
Police are increasing their presence in crowded areas to bolster the sense of public safety.