Seeking to stop the wave of Palestinian terror attacks and deter future would-be terrorists, Israel is resorting to all employable legal measures in the war on terror.

Israel is deploying a series of measures in a bid to crack down on the wave of Palestinian violence, including the revoking of work permits and residency rights of relatives of Palestinian terrorists in an attempt to create deterrence.

Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said on Thursday he would not extend the residency rights of the father of an Arab citizen of Israel who carried out an attack in October, annulling his access to social security and other rights enjoyed by Israel’s residents.

The terrorist rammed his car into Israelis at a shopping mall near Gan Shmuel, and then stabbed others, wounding two soldiers and two civilians, including a 15-year-old girl.

Deri said the step was meant to “cause terrorists to understand that their actions will also have tough implications on their own family members.”

The Interior Ministry said its decision was also based on the father violating an agreement to not communicate with family members of his living in the Palestinian Authority, whom Israel says are terrorists.

Also on Thursday, the Israeli military sealed off the home village of the three Palestinian terrorists who staged the deadly attack in Jerusalem and carried out a number of arrests there.

Citing “situation assessments,” the IDF said no one can exit or enter the village of Kabatiya in Samaria until further notice. Minor clashes broke out in the area between Israeli troops and rock-throwing Palestinian rioters. Three soldiers sustained light injuries.

Wednesday’s terror attack by Palestinian terrorists using automatic weapons, knives and explosive devices at the entrance to Jerusalem Old City killed a 19-year-old police officer and wounded another. The three Palestinians terrorists, in their early 20s, were shot and killed by police.

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PM Netanyahu visits a wounded Israeli border police officer. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

“This is a prolonged battle. Islamic terror is sweeping across the whole world and inciting millions,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to a Jerusalem hospital, with troops wounded in the attacks. “We are in this turmoil. It doesn’t skip us, but we battle it fiercely and will continue to do so.”

In the latest violent Palestinian attack, two 13-year-old Arab girls stabbed and lightly wounded a security guard at a mall in the mixed Jewish-Arab Israeli city of Ramla on Thursday. A photo from the scene shared by police showed two kitchen knives on the ground beside a calculator, pens and other school supplies. The girls, who are Israeli citizens, were arrested at the scene, police said.

By: AP and United with Israel Staff