Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responds to this morning’s car ramming in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in which a police officer and the alleged attacker were killed.
“I send my condolences to the family 1st Sgt. Erez Levi. Erez was an outstanding policeman, the son of a policeman, and he was killed this morning in a ramming attack,” Netanyahu says in a statement.
“Not only does this incident not intimidate us, it strengthens us, its strengthens our determination, to enforce the law everywhere,” he says.
The incident took place during protests against house demolitions taking place in the village. Joint (Arab) List chair Ayman Odeh was injured in the clashes.
“I request of everyone, first and foremost Knesset members in the Israeli parliament, to act responsibly, to stop fanning the flames and stop inciting violence,” Netanyahu adds. “Police forces act with authority and permission and no one will stop them from their mission.”