Peres at Tuba Zangria 311.
(photo credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)
President Shimon Peres on Monday referred to as "shameful" and
"unacceptable" an apparent "price tag" attack in the Galilee village of
Tuba Zangria in which a mosque was set fire to overnight Sunday.
visiting the scene of the attack along with Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar
and Yona Metzger, stated that the attack was "against the morals and
spirit" of Israel, where he said "everyone has equal rights regardless
of religion or nationality."
Earlier on Monday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak condemned the attack, saying that it hurts Israel's
reputation in the world.
The suspected "price tag" attack, Barak said, is a "criminal act that harms the State of Israel."RELATED:
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criminals who carried out the act are interested in destabilizing
relations between Jews and Arabs and are causing great harm to the name
of Israel in the world," the defense minister continued. "I am convinced
that these responsible for the criminal and revolting act will be
caught quickly and brought to justice."
Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu spoke with Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yoram Cohen
Monday morning and directed him to quickly find those responsible for
setting the mosque alight.
The prime minister was "boiling with
anger" when he saw the pictures and said the act "contravenes the values
of the State of Israel, in which freedom of religion and freedom of
worship are supreme values," the Prime Minister's Office said in a
The "shocking pictures," Netanyahu said, "have no place in the State of Israel."
and Education Minister Gideon Saar condemned the attack while speaking
at the President's Residence at the official inauguration of a program
geared towards training high school students towards scientific
Expressing his deep outrage at the incident, Peres
declared that it was not a Jewish thing to do, nor was it legal or
moral. "It brings great shame upon us," he said. "It is a terrible thing
which I condemn in the strongest possible terms. It is a difficult day
for the residents of Tuba-Zangria and a difficult day for Israeli
society as a whole.
"As the President of Israel I call during
these soul searching days of penitence between Rosh Hashana and Yom
Kippur, for the rooting out of such deeds from our midst". Such acts of
terrorism, he said, poison the relationship between Israel and her
neighbors and between Israeli citizens of different faiths."
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch also responded with
outrage to the incident on Monday, calling it a "criminal and despicable
attack on a holy place."
"I've spoken with Police Insp.-Gen. [Yohanan Danino] about the incident
and received updates about police responses to the incident and the
police's determination to bring the perpetrators to justice," he added.
Monday morning, opposition leader Tzipi Livni said that if the burning
of a mosque was indeed a "Price Tag" attack then "it should be
"Burning of mosques goes against the values of Israel as a Jewish state," Livni said.