Israel - Construction Of Jerusalem Bus Barriers Underway
Jerusalem - Less than one week after an East Jerusalem man rammed his car into a group of people waiting for a bus, injuring 14 people, construction has begun on security barriers that would offer protection from similar attacks.
Reaction to the project, which was authorized by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and will place barriers at approximately 300 bus stops throughout Jerusalem has been mixed, according to Arutz Sheva.
“We started putting barriers at bus stops - I’m embarrassed by that,” said the city’s deputy mayor, Meir Turgeman.
Turgeman insisted that pro-active defense measures be taken, by placing barriers around the terrorists’ villages.
“I wouldn’t let them leave their houses and villages,” said Turgeman. “We are far too humane and considerate of them and we pay for it with our lives. They come here to murder our children, to harm us as Jews and I think the government needs to take responsibility and end it.”
Despite terror attacks that have taken place worldwide, Jerusalem remains the top target of terrorists.
“Here there’s a different significance and all their radicals tell them: ‘Come to Jerusalem. Do the attacks in Jerusalem,’ because they know that here is the very heart of the state of Israel,” said Turgeman. “It’s the center of the Jewish people and therefore the attacks here have a different significance.”
It was Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, who suggested the protective barriers as a temporary measure, concentrating on the areas which are most at risk, as reported by the Times of Israel.
The project is expected to take one month to complete and will cost over $500,000.
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