Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) talks to the press next to his Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon (R) at the Horon army camp near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus on October 6, 2015 following their visit to army posts
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) talks to the press next to his Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon (R) at the Horon army camp near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus on October 6, 2015 following their visit to army posts © Menahem Kahana - AFP
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) talks to the press next to his Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon (R) at the Horon army camp near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus on October 6, 2015 following their visit to army posts
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Netanyahu pledges security cameras on West Bank roads

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday plans to install security cameras along roads in the occupied West Bank, as tensions soared days after two settlers were gunned dead by suspected Palestinian militants.

Netanyahu was speaking at the Horon military base in the occupied West Bank, after visiting the junction where Naama and Eitam Henkin were killed in their car in front of their four children in a Thursday attack.

"A significant part of the attacks are taking place along the roads," he told reporters.

"We have agreed upon a very serious plan in which we set up cameras not only on the ground but also in the air throughout all the routes... with control rooms and quick reaction abilities," Netanyahu said.

"This can change our abilities to prevent attacks and follow the perpetrators."

Israeli security forces announced the arrests of five Palestinians whom they said were members of militant group Hamas and had confessed to shooting the couple.

Netanyahu's remarks came hours after engineering forces demolished the homes of two Palestinians behind attacks last year as part of the renewed Israeli efforts to crack down on militants in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The Israeli premier noted the tensions around the Al-Aqsa compound over Palestinian and Arab fears Israel was seeking to change the decades-old status quo there.

"Jerusalem is the core of the event and the Temple Mount is the core within the core," he said, using the terms employed by Jews for the sacred site.

"We're acting in various ways and retaining the status quo. But the status quo does not enable bringing pipe bombs into the Al-Aqsa mosque."

Netanyahu also noted his intention to take legal measures against Palestinians who stood by during the Saturday attack in which a Palestinian in Jerusalem's Old City stabbed two Jews to death and wounded others.

"I'm also asking to deal with those Palestinians who were there on that route where a Jewish woman was running, stabbed and bleeding, and they spat on her and kicked her," he said.

"I asked that these people be investigated, that they be prosecuted and their shops be closed within the legal constraints.

"We can't accept these events in any place in the world and especially not in Israel's capital."

Netanyahu also pledged "firm action" against "incitement" from Hamas and the Palestinian Authority amid heightened tension.

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