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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu either doesn't understand, or doesn't
want to deal with extremist ideology, said opposition leader
Tzipi Livni (Kadima) on Thursday. Livni's comments came in response to
the prime minister's announcement Wednesday night of new measures to address recent extreme right-wing escalations.
stated that Jews rioting in the West Bank will now be tried in military
courts like Palestinians. However, he rejected calls by ministers to class suspects as terrorists.
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is a struggle for Israel's image," said Livni in a statement. "To this
struggle, an extreme right-wing coalition is teaming up with a number of
rabbis who want to impose a 'Halachic
[Jewish law] state', and young people who are trying to impose their ideology on us, the Zionist majority."
"We, the Zionist majority, should all stand on the other side of this
struggle. We must fight for the character and nature of Israel," she
"This government... is laying fertile ground for these tumors. When
Netanyahu says that we are dealing with rioters and not ideological
crime, it indicates one of two things - either he doesn't understand
what is happening here, or he doesn't want to deal with this extremist
ideology because of his natural coalition partners," Livni asserted.
At the same time, a new report of West Bank violence was emerging
Thursday morning. Palestinians sources reported that a mosque was set
alight in Kfar Burka in Binyamin, Army Radio reported. According the
report, carpets and chairs in the mosque were damaged. The IDF was
investigating the reported incident.