Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon 370.
(photo credit: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry spokesman)
The results of the Oslo Accords were Israeli deaths by terrorists, Defense
Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Sunday, following the murder of IAF airman Tomer
Hazan by a Palestinian co-worker over the weekend.
“In an hour, we will
bury a soldier who was murdered by a Palestinian so that his body could be
traded and a terrorist could be released from jail,” Ya’alon told Christian
lawmakers from around the world at the Israel Allies Foundation’s Jerusalem
Chairman’s Conference in the capital.
“This is a tactic that,
unfortunately, has been used in the past. 1,500 Israelis were killed after
Israel signed a peace accord with the Palestinians. These are the fruits
of peace,” he added.
Ya’alon expressed skepticism about the current round
of peace talks, calling it “another political process our allies think will
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the same
conference, saying that “people who throw soldiers into pits” are not partners
“They destroy, we build. They kill, we grow. That was
always the State of Israel’s response to terrorism.”
“We aren’t accepted
by those who surround us, and they resort to terror,” he added. “This has been
going on for a long time.”
Bennett mentioned the first victim of terror
in modern Israel, who was murdered in 1851. His grandson was Yoel Moshe Solomon,
one of the founders of Petah Tikva, and his great-grandson was a founder of
“The lesson learned is that the answer to Islamic terror is to
continue building,” the minister concluded.
Bennett also pointed out that
the Palestinian Authority has yet to publicly condemn the murder, adding: “In
the opposite situation, all Israeli leaders, including myself, would condemn
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avigdor Liberman
(Likud Beytenu) said that the murder shows that the Palestinian Authority and
its president, Mahmoud Abbas, are not interested in peace.
Nidal Amar is from a well-known Fatah family. A few months ago, Palestinian TV
broadcast a program in favor of the murderer’s terrorist brother. The family has
photos of Abbas and Arafat hanging in the entrance to its home,” Liberman
In light of all this, the Yisrael Beytenu leader added, “the fact
that the PA and its senior officials did not clearly condemn the murder proves
that the current negotiations with the Palestinians are purely a tactical move,
meant to improve their international standing and blame Israel, while they have
no real intentions to reach a treaty or stop encouraging and supporting the
murder of Israelis.”