Israel to hold emergency meeting on stone-throwing

Netanyahu wants harsher sentences, jail for perpetrators

14 September, 20:07

    Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu

     - TEL AVIV- Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu has called an 'emergency meeting' for Tuesday evening on the throwing of stones and incendiary bombs in Jerusalem and near it by Palestinians.

    The meeting will be held after the Jewish New Year's celebrations finish. Top-level ministers will take part including Defense Minister Moshè Yaalon. The decision was made immediately after the death on Monday morning of an Israeli due to injuries sustained in a car accident on Sunday evening that police believe was caused by stone-throwing. The accident in which a 50-year-old Palestinian died occurred in the Palestinian suburb Sur Baher in East Jerusalem. The man, returning from a family New Year's Eve dinner, lost control of his care when the vehicle was hit by stones thrown by unknown individuals, say the police. Two others riding in the car were injured. Netanyahu's office immediately announced that an ''emergency meeting'' would be held on ''the war of throwing stones and incendiary bombs in Jerusalem and the vicinity''. His office noted that the prime minister ''intends to counter the phenomenon using all possible means, including harsher punishments and prison sentences.'' In addition to Yaalon, taking part will be Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Transport Minister Yisrael Katz, along with officials from the prosecutor's office. At the beginning of September, Netanyahu ordered the army to revise the rules of engagement against Palestinians that throw stones or incendiary bombs at cars on Highway 443, which links Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and which runs through Palestinian territory in some sections. Israeli media report that there have been 96 of these types of accidents on the road in 2015 so far, compared with 119 in 2014.

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