Two of Israel’s ministers spoke at a conference at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya on Thursday. Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that he will make sure that the security at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, which has been the scene of several deadly terror attacks since the terror wave began, will undergo serious changes.

Erdan, today

Erdan, today Photo Credit: HerzliyaConference/Channel 2 News

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan promised on Thursday morning that the security measures in the Damascus Gate area in Jerusalem will undergo “an unprecedented change.” Additional security cameras will be installed in the area and new guard posts will be constructed in order to reduce the number of terror attacks. Since the beginning of the terror wave in 2015, the stabbing attacks at Damascus Gate have claimed lives of several Israel Border Police officers.

During a conference at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Erdan added that the measures that managed to decrease the number of terror attacks in recent months were the increased presence of police officers in sensitive locations, the installation of advanced security cameras surrounding the Old City and allowing Israeli police officers to enter every neighborhood at all hours. According to Erdan, there was a 73% decrease in the number of terror attacks in the past year.

Erdan also attacked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for not condemning the murder of 23-year-old Hadas Malka and accused the Fatah movement of praising the terrorists. “It needs to be said in a clear manner, the Palestinian incitement and the culture of violence and hatred that Abu Mazen [Abbas] preaches is the main obstacle to peace,” he added.

Earlier today, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman delivered a speech at the conference and commented on the Gaza electricity crisis. Lieberman said that the crisis is an inter-Palestinian matter and that Israel should not intervene in it. He also clarified that Israel “has no intentions of starting a military conflict.”