Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday confirmed reports that he is
considering revoking the permanent residency status of tens of thousands of Arabs living in East Jerusalem, in a measure aimed at halting an ongoing spate of terror
In his first appearance at the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the
Knesset winter sitting, Netanyahu said he was planning on touring East Jerusalem with other cabinet members to explore the issue further.
An Israeli official later told AP that Netanyahu had ordered a review of the
status of certain Palestinian neighborhoods in east Jerusalem that lie beyond the security barrier. The review comes after weeks of Palestinian terror attacks on Israelis, many carried out by
East Jerusalem residents. However, many of the attackers live in Arab neighborhoods such as Jabel Mukabar that are inside the barrier.