In the wake of the arrest earlier Sunday of 9 Arabs accused of attacking chareidi youths during the Yerushalayim two weeks ago, United Torah Jewry MK Yisroel Eichler declared that only a strong Israeli effort would prevent future attacks. “Deterrence is the best defense,” Eichler declared from the Knesset podium, thanking Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich for making the investigation a priority.
He also expressed hope that the culprits would receive swift and harsh punishment.
“The honor of Jews going to and from the Kotel cannot be compromised. Deterring the behavior of attackers will ensure that these attacks do not take place,” Eichler said.
Several weeks ago, as a snowstorm blanketed Yerushalayim, two bochurim on their way back from the Kosel were attacked by a gang of dozens of Arab youths. Video of the attack, taken by the Arab attackers themselves, circulated on the Internet. The video was broadcast on Israeli TV stations as well, sparking outrage among tens of thousands of Israelis.
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