Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
After visiting the family of terror attack victim Kim Yehezkel, who was murdered in Barkan in the West Bank on Sunday, Education Minister Naftali Bennett spoke on Monday evening about the security situation in Judea and Samaria and on the Gaza border.
Bennett, who is also a member of the security cabinet, said that Israel's policy should be more resolute.
"It's my role as a cabinet member to fight for my positions. I would not let a terrorist cross the security fence on a daily basis," said Bennett. "Unequivocally I say that just as in Lebanon and Syria, those who cross the fence are shot. They are not 12-year-old children — they are terrorists. Those who launch balloons from Gaza
must be shot . If we do not shoot them, they will multiply. We must put an end to it."
Bennett added that "from a tactical point of view, we have to shoot at those who fire Molotov cocktails at us. We just have to shoot terrorists, every fighter in Lebanon knew that terrorists are to be killed and suddenly there is a policy preventing it."
Regarding Monday's attack and the security situation in Judea and Samaria region, Bennett noted that Israel is hesitant in dealing with terrorists.
"Today there are 102 terrorist houses that were mapped and were not destroyed," he added. "The houses of the terrorists who killed Adiel Coleman, Ronen Lubarsky and Ari Fuld are still standing. We only map the houses and say 'we did it.' Even when we catch the terrorist from the Barkan attack, from November 1st he will get a 15-thousand-shekel salary. How can a country that extracts documents from warehouses in Iran not be able to prevent this?"
Referring to the ongoing confrontation with the Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, he said, "I will not give another inch of land to the Arabs. We have to let go of the fact that if we give up more territory, the world will like us. The Defense Minister is ready to give up on Nokdim [an Israeli settlement where Liberman lives], his own house, for a Palestinian state. I am not ready to do it."
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Translated by Cassandra Gomes-Hochberg.
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