Israel's deputy defense minister says Duma attack 'meets certain criteria' of terrorism

December 25, 2015 17:53

Israel’s deputy defense minister, Eli Ben-Dahan of the religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi party, refused to classify the deadly arson attack which claimed the lives of three Palestinians in the West Bank village of Duma as an act of terrorism.

In an interview with Israel Radio on Friday, Ben-Dahan was asked point-blank by his host, Chico Menashe, whether he agreed with the near-consensus view among Israel’s political class that the attack against the Dawabshe family, which authorities believe was committed by an extreme right-wing operative, constituted terrorism.

Ben-Dahan would only allow that the Duma attack “met certain criteria” that determines whether an act of violence is tantamount to terrorism.

In response, Yesh Atid MK Yaakov Peri – who once headed the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) – blasted Ben-Dahan, calling his stance “absolute insanity.”

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