Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset in Jerusalem.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
The terrorists who carried out Sunday’s attack in the Ariel area will be apprehended and brought to justice, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting.
In his first public comments about the attack, Netanyahu said that the IDF was in the middle of a chase after the terrorists.
“I am sending my support to the IDF, Shin Bet and security services chasing the terrorists,” he said.
Netanyahu also related to the firing Thursday night of two rockets from the Gaza Strip toward the Tel Aviv region, saying that Jerusalem views that incident with “great severity.”
“Hamas is responsible for any attack from the Gaza Strip, both when it is deliberate fire and when it comes to shooting accidentally,” Netanyahu said. Hamas has claimed the rocket fire was “a mistake.”
Netanyahu pointed out that as a result of the rocket fire, he directed the IDF to hit 100 targets of Hamas.
“The IDF hit them hard,” he said. “If necessary, we will intensify those attacks as is needed, in order to continue to ensure quiet for Israel's citizens.”
Speaking to reporters before the meeting, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev used the attack to bash the Blue and White Party.
She referred to the refusal of Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi during a television exchange with her on Friday night to condemn the terrorist murder of a young girl in her bed in her remarks about the Sunday attack.
“And that is the person with whom Gantz and [Yair] Lapid want to sit [in a government]," Regev said. "That is with whom they want to establish a blocking majority [to prevent Netanyahu from forming a government]. This is the weak Left that will bring us a continuation of these types of attacks.”
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