Meir Turgeman, chair of the Planning and Building Board, told Radio Jerusalem: “We have reached the moment of truth. Let’s put all the cards on the table. The people in East Jerusalem want to kill us and destroy us. Why do we need to give them a new chance every day?”

He continued: “Each time we lived in false hope that these people, if we would help them, would change their animal behaviour, but it turns out that nothing helps.”

Turgeman said he had taken “all the construction plans related to East Jerusalem off the agenda”, adding: “I shelved all of the plans. They say carrots and sticks. There are no carrots left, only sticks.”

The official also urged authorities to “load the terrorist’s family on a bus and send them to Gaza.”

“I know the Arabs, and I have worked with them many years. The moment we deal with them with a heavy hand, the moment that the terrorist’s family today finds themselves on a bus to Gaza with a one-way ticket, I promise you that they will think 1,000 times before committing an act of terror.”