Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, February 7, 2014..
(photo credit: TOVAH LAZAROFF)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman called on the Israeli public to stand unified at this time behind the security forces who were searching for three teens kidnapped in the West Bank on Thursday and to refrain from criticism of the victims, the police or the security forces.
"My heart is with the kidnapped children. There is nothing more infuriating than blaming these youth or their families by saying that the abductions happened because they chose to learn in a yeshiva in Gush Etzion (area of southern West Bank), or because they dared to hitchhike in a place where there is no public transportation available all the time," Liberman wrote on his Facebook page.
"According to this logic it would be possible to say that those who came to the Passover seder at the Park Hotel in Netanya, or the people who sat at Cafe Sbarro in Jerusalem, or the American victims who worked in the Twin Towers are responsible for their own deaths," he wrote.
Liberman said that in all these cases, as in the current kidnapping incident, those responsible were the perpetrators who set out to kill and they "must be fought with full force."
"Terrorism is terrorism and it does not distinguish between New York, Netanya, or Gush Etzion," Liberman wrote.
The foreign minister said that it was not helpful to look for other people to blame for the kidnapping.
"Drawing conclusions about how the teens acted, or how the police
or security forces responded should be delayed until after this kidnapping event is resolved."
Liberman wrote that it was important for the public to stand unified behind the security forces at this time.
He also criticized deals for the release of terrorists as gestures of good will as part of a negotiating process with the Palestinian saying that Israel loses in such deals and the terror organizations gain.