Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured January 25)
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After two attacks in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a "strong" response.
"Our response will be strong, swift and precise," Netanyahu said Saturday night ahead of an emergency security cabinet meeting.
"We are not looking for an escalation, but we are prepared for any scenario," Netanyahu said in television footage released by his office.
A day after a bloody attack in front of a synagogue that left seven dead, violence between Israelis and Palestinians continued to escalate on Saturday.
A 13-year-old Palestinian opened fire near the old city, according to police, injuring a father and his son.
On Friday evening, after the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath, a Palestinian attacker opened fire in front of a synagogue in eastern Jerusalem, killing seven people and injuring at least three before the 21-year-old was killed by police after a chase.
According to their own statements, the police arrested 42 people for questioning on Saturday.
Among them are family members of the assassin, who came from the eastern part of Jerusalem, as well as other residents of his district.
The attack in front of the synagogue was carried out a day after a raid by the Israeli army in the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin in the north of the occupied West Bank, in which nine Palestinians were killed.
According to UN figures, it was the highest number of casualties in a single Israeli operation in the West Bank since the end of the second Intifada, the Palestinian uprising from 2000 to 2005.