3 killed, several wounded in 2 separate terror attacks in Jerusalem
PM calls on Abbas to “stop lying, and stop inciting.”
by Herb Keinon
Israel will immediately implement a number of steps on the ground that will impress upon the terrorists and those who incite them that â€œterror does not pay,â€ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the Knesset on Tuesday.
Netanyahu’s comments came at a special session in the Knesset to mark 14 years to the assassination of Rehavam Ze’evi. His comments came as a special security cabinet meeting â€“ which he adjourned briefly to address the Knesset â€“ was discussing what steps to take in light of the continuing violence.
Without spelling out yet what those steps will be, Netanyahu said they will be implemented immediately and â€œrestore quiet to Israel’s cities.â€
Netanyahu said that Israel would settle its account with â€œmurderers and those who want to kill, and anyone who helps them. Not only won’t they have any rights, but we will extract the full price from them.â€
The prime minister said that he was sure that the actions Israel will take will bring about a realization on the other side that â€œterror does not pay.â€
Israel is strong, Netanyahu said, and despite the desire of the terrorists, â€œwill be here forever.â€
Netanyahu turned to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and said, â€œstop lying, stop inciting.â€ He said that Abbas must stop not only the lies coming from the PA regarding the Temple Mount, but also the falsehoods regarding the events of the last few days.
â€œYou must fight the extremists who are causing civilians to pay the highest price,â€ the premier said. â€œThe wild and deceitful indictment against us continues.â€
Referring to the attack in Pisgat Ze’ev on Monday where a 13-year old Palestinian youth knifed a Jewish boy his age, Netanyahu said that an Arab youth critically wounded a Jewish youth, and when the security services stopped the attacker from continuing his stabbing rampage, â€œhe is turned into a holy martyr who was executed for no reason.â€
â€œFirst of all,â€ Netanyahu said, â€œhe did not die, he is alive. Secondly, he was not executed, he wanted to execute others, to murder and kill. But your spokesman is presenting this in a completely different fashion.â€
â€œDon’t turn murderers into heroes,â€ Netanyahu entreated Abbas, calling on him to fulfill his responsibility as a leader and work to restore calm.
Netanyahu also turned to Israel’s Arab population, entreating them not to be â€œmisledâ€ by inciters â€œwho want to ignite a fire in the country.â€
â€œWe live together, we believe in co-existence,â€ he said. â€œIt is very easy to unravel the cords that tie us together. Don’t go there. I know that a large part of the [Arab] population – and leaders among the Israeli Arabs – know exactly what I am saying. The leaders need to find the courage to say these things and stand up against the fanatics and extremists.â€
Netanyahu also called on a jittery nation not to carry out any vigilante attacks. Israel is a nation of laws, he said, â€œand anyone who takes the law into their own hands will pay the price.â€