President Reuven Rivlin's statement following the terror attack in Jerusalem this morning
(Communicated by the President's Spokesperson)
“The murderous terror attack at the Temple Mount was stopped by the courageous Israeli policemen who threw themselves in the way, and prevented an even greater disaster. We cannot allow for agents of murder, who desecrate the name of God, to drag us into a bloody war, and we will deal with a heavy hand against all the arms of terror, and its perpetrators.
“We owe a debt of life to the sons we have lost. Our hearts are with the bereaved families at this difficult time, and we pray for the recovery of the wounded.
“The State of Israel will defend its sovereignty and its citizens with a strong hand, and will not allow anyone to provoke the region into a bloody war.
“It is time for the Arab leadership in Israel, and even outside it, to express a clear position against this criminal attack.”