The Palestinian Authority cannot evade responsibility for terrorist attacks
while incitement continues against Israel in the official Palestinian media,
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
Netanyahu’s comments came
at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting, when he said that Israel viewed
gravely the attack on 9-year-old Noam Glick in Psagot, shot at point-blank range
by a man who breached the settlement’s security barrier.
“We are not
satisfied that because of the [government’s] aggressive security policy, this
year has been the quietest in more than a decade,” he said, noting a recent
increase in terrorist attacks.
The murderers, Netanyahu said, must
understand that these types of attacks won’t help them. “We are here, and we are
here to stay,” he declared.
Likud deputy ministers Ze’ev Elkin, Ophir
Akunis and Tzipi Hotovely visited Psagot together on Sunday and held a press
conference outside the Glick home.
Hotovely called for Netanyahu to stop
the release of Palestinian prisoners.
“Just as you acted to show the
world the Iranian fraud, you must do the same for the Palestinian fraud,”
Bayit Yehudi MK Yoni Chetboun also visited Psagot Sunday,
and called for an immediate response to the shooting.
“Terror is rearing
its head, and we cannot disconnect last night’s event from the other two in
recent weeks,” Chetboun said. “Israel received another reminder that while we
speak of peace, the other side speaks of war.”
According to Chetboun,
“releasing terrorists is the oil on the wheels motivating terror organizations.
Terror isn’t stopped by gestures, but by deterrence.”
He called for
immediate military action to bring back deterrence in the region.
and Water Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) told Israel Radio that the attack in
Psagot, along with the recent increase in terror, obligates Israel to “rethink”
its plans for further prisoner releases, that helped pave the way for the
restart of negotiations with the Palestinians.
“We can’t continue to go
on all the time as if nothing happened, especially when the condemnations are
weak, the steps taken on the ground are not significant, and the incitement
continues all the time,” he told Israel Radio.
But there was time before
the next planned release, he said, and the committee that is to approve the
names of the prisoners to be released was also empowered to decide whether the
release should take place as scheduled.
Israel released a group of 26
Palestinian terrorists on August 13 as a gesture to the Palestinians ahead of
the renewal of peace talks. The cabinet voted in July to release a total of 104
Palestinian prisoners in stages over the next nine months as part of the
“The ministerial committee is not a rubber stamp
committee, and it has the power to rescind the release of more prisoners,”
Shalom said the recent incidents need to be met with a
complete condemnation from the PA.
“The PA needs to know that if this
doesn’t happen, the peace process will not have the same motto of the Oslo days
or the Rabin government – that we will continue with the peace process as if
there were no error, and fight terrorism as if there were no peace process. I
don’t think this government will adopt that motto, and if there is terror there
will not be peace – they are contradictory,” he said.
colleague, Transportation Minister Israel Katz, told Israel Radio that the
incident in Psagot proved the release of Palestinian prisoners was a
Katz said that the government should insist on a new formula for
peace talks with the Palestinians, which thus far have been conducted “under the
threat of terrorism.”
PA President Mahmoud Abbas “hasn’t lifted a finger”
to prevent attacks and incitement against Israel, he said.
Shimon Peres characterized Saturday’s shooting as an act of terror which must be
condemned, and declared that an end must be put to hostilities both inside and
Peres spoke by phone with Noam’s father, Israel Glick,
expressed his concern for the child’s welfare, and asked the father to convey
his most sincere wishes that Noam should have a full and speedy
recovery.Jerusalem Post staff, Tovah Lazaroff and Greer Fay Cashman
contributed to this report.
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