MK Tzipi Livni (Kadima) 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) blamed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
on Tuesday for so-called “price-tag” attacks on IDF bases.
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violence in an IDF base is another step in the extremism that is overtaking
Israel in agreement, with silence and a wink from the Netanyahu government,
directly or indirectly,” Livni said.
Livni explained that “extreme bills”
show Netanyahu’s cooperation with extremism and that he lets his coalition
partners “grow wild.”
“We must act to enforce the law and not let an
extremist group determine our fate,” she added.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-
Gen. Benny Gantz visited the base on Tuesday afternoon and surveyed the
“This is unacceptable and is a dangerous reality when the army,
which is supposed to defend the people, is defending itself from the people,”
Gantz said Tuesday night. “We need to enforce the law and prosecute the
perpetrators, and I am confident that the state will know how to do
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin explained that the activists were
undermining settlers’ goals, because “there is no greater danger” to legal
settlements in Judea and Samaria than law-breakers.
“These rioters are
working against those who love and protect the Land of Israel,” Rivlin said. “We
must have zero tolerance for such events – no one can break the law for the sake
of their values. In a democracy, no one is above the law.”
Schneller (Kadima), a former Yesha Council chairman, said that the media was
doing an injustice by calling the activists “settlers,” explaining that those
who occupied the IDF base were “anarchists and settlers’ worst
According to Schneller, the activists’ actions make them
comparable to Palestinian terrorists, because they bring harm to IDF soldiers
Schneller, who lives in the settlement of Ma’aleh Michmash,
said he felt that “price-tag” attackers were threatening his home and those of
other settlers, and could bring about settlement evacuations.
belong behind bars, along with those who sent them,” the Kadima MK said.
“They’re worse than [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas].”
MK Uri Ariel
of the National Union, the party most identified with settler groups, slammed
the activists’ actions, saying that it was unacceptable to break into and damage
an IDF base.
“This event cannot be repeated in any way, and I expect the
legal system to take care of this phenomenon immediately,” Ariel
Fellow National Union MK Ya’acov Katz blamed the incident on
“provocateurs” from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), which he said was
trying to disgrace the settlement movement.
“Anyone who harms the IDF,
its soldiers or officers is not connected with the settlements, and in fact does
harm to them,” he asserted.
“As in the past, in the days of Avishai Raviv
and the Eyal organization, the one who has harmed the IDF is a provocateur
planted by the Shin Bet, which is controlled by the radical Left. His purpose is
to blacken the face of the settler movement in order to pave the way for the
destruction of settlements, in accordance with [Defense Minister] Ehud Barak’s
President Shimon Peres, meanwhile, described the
incident as outrageous and among the gravest possible because it crossed all the
Speaking during a visit to Lod, he called throwing stones at
IDF soldiers an aaffront, especially as the very extremists who had thrown them
were protected day and night by those soldiers.
Such incidents should not
be allowed to recur, the president said, and if they do, the culprits should be
punished within the full scope of the law.
Radicals cannot run wild and
dictate the national agenda, he declared, adding that such people brought shame
on the State of Israel and harmed its relations with the Palestinians, with
Jordan and with other neighbors.