President Reuven Rivlin commented after the Wednesday morning 2 Sivan vehicular terror attack in Yerushalayim.
“This morning as we witnessed the terror attack in Jerusalem we received a painful reminder of the complex security situation Israel’s faces and the price we pay for our basic principles. We must confront terrorism firmly, whilst defending our democratic values as a country and as a people. I spoke this morning with the Minister of Defense, and I welcomed halting the process that could have led to an unthinkable separation between bus lines for Jews and Arabs.
“As one who loves the Land of Israel, I have nothing but regret for the discordant voices that we heard this morning, supporting the separation between Jews and Arabs on the basis of ideas that have no place being heard or said. Such statements go against the very foundations of the State of Israel, and impact upon our very ability to establish here a Jewish and democratic state. Such statements cause great damage to the State of Israel, and to the settlement movement. It is important we remember that our sovereignty obligates us to prove our ability to live side by side.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)