Lieberman accuses PA of incitement to terror

During visit to Fogel home in Itamar, Lieberman says gov't failed to provide security for all citizens, in security "there will be no compromises.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman 311 (R) (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman 311 (R)
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
During a Tuesday visit to the home of the Fogel family in Itamar, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused the Palestinian Authority of perpetuating terror attacks through incitement against Israelis.
Four days after five members of the family were brutally murdered, Lieberman said that “there is no doubt that the state failed” in its obligation to provide security for all of its citizens.”
He went on to emphasize the importance of security measures in all communities.
“It is the obligation of the state to ensure communities’ security – without any relationship to their location, or to political ideology,” he said. “There is no doubt that the state failed here. When we speak of ‘painful concessions’ and when we speak about compromises, the compromises must be diplomatic and political, and not on security.
In the field of security, there will be no compromises.”
“The murderers must be caught and punished with full severity, and we must draw lessons from this incident,” the Foreign Minister declared. “The State of Israel must broadcast to the whole world that incitement is what abandoned the blood of the residents.
“The Palestinian Authority continues the terror in every possible location. Incitement is the first factor behind all of the terror activities in Judea and Samaria, and in all of the State of Israel. It is impossible to talk peace with those who educate for bloodshed.”
Lieberman was invited to the community by Samaria Regional Council Chairman Gershon Mesika.
He was taken inside the house where both parents, and three of the six Fogel children, were stabbed to death on Friday night. Lieberman also received a briefing from Mesika on the state of the community’s security arrangements.
According to Mesika, the slaughter demonstrated a profound security failure.
“These murders could have been prevented,” he said. “I call on the government: It is inconceivable that the community of Itamar would not be covered like every other community through all of the technological tools.”
Lieberman praised the community’s perseverance.
“I have to express my admiration for the residents of Itamar,” he said. “I don’t know any other community in which there were so many tragedies. In this community, 22 residents were killed by terrorists. A community with 28 orphans – such a thing can not be repeated.”