Palestinian terror cannot be allowed to rear its head, Knesset Speaker Yuli
Edelstein said at a memorial Knesset meeting Wednesday honoring assassinated
tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi.
“In recent weeks, with the start of
negotiations with the Palestinians, attacks on Jews in Judea and Samaria and the
Jordan Valley increased. This is a serious phenomenon that must be stopped,”
The Knesset speaker warned that “we cannot wait for a
minister or citizen to be attacked again.”
Palestinian gunmen shot Ze’evi
on October 17, 2001, in front of the Hyatt Hotel on Mount Scopus, and he died
soon after. The assassination took place two days after he resigned from his
post as tourism minister because then-prime minister Ariel Sharon’s first
government had withdrawn from part of Hebron.
“Ze’evi was murdered
because he was a minister in the Israeli government and an uncompromising symbol
of Jewish sovereignty,” Edelstein said. “His message was clear: We, the Jewish
People, have no other land.”
Edelstein also emphasized Ze’evi’s support
for the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard from prison in the
“Ze’evi said we don’t leave behind any captive soldiers, and Pollard
was a soldier of the State of Israel,” the speaker said.
Moshe Ya’alon said Ze’evi’s ideas had been ahead of their time and that many
agreed with them today.
“Together with constant readiness, we do not stop
reaching our hand out to peace and hoping for a change in our neighbors, a
change that will lead them to understand that our forces cannot be broken, nor
can our faith that our path is just,” Ya’alon said. “Until that day, we will
continue to stand confidently, remembering where we came from and what we’re
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman
Avigdor Liberman (Likud Beytenu), who was in the National Union with Ze’evi,
spoke of the great loss he felt in losing a friend and a political
“Ze’evi was not only a great [military] commander.
knew how to learn lessons and see what was coming,” Liberman
The Yisrael Beytenu leader quoted Ze’evi as saying Israel must
keep the West Bank and not show weakness, and that calling the left the “peace
camp” was a lie, because the right wanted peace, as well.
“There are no
magic solutions,” Liberman said. “The only way to reach peace with the
Palestinians is to build peace from the bottom up and not force it from
above.... Negotiations must be based on a long-term interim agreement that will
ensure, first of all, security for Israel, and economic welfare for the
Palestinians, and only after that can we have a full, lasting peace treaty. We
want real peace, not pretend peace!” Real peace, he continued, requires a real
partner, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not one, because
the PA openly continues incitement against Israel.
don’t want an agreement with Israel. They just want to blame Israel for the
failure of talks,” Liberman said.
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