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PM demands national unity, respect for the law

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laments that some in the international community are preparing to give the Palestinians the prize of recognition for a state, without requiring them to recognize Israel.

“We won’t accept that,” he says.

He promises that Israel will “settle scores” with the terrorists, and specifies that Israel will demolish their homes.

Now, the prime minister tells Israelis “nobody should take the law into their own hands.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the press on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (screen capture: Channel 2)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the press on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. (screen capture: Channel 2)

He notes that “we’ve always had to grapple with terrorism,” facing “those who want to uproot us from our land.

“We have to unite,” he says, “around Jerusalem, and the security of the citizens of Israel. We need to stand together.” He urges “national unity,” says terrorism can be defeated, and declares that Israel will prevail.

Asked about Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen’s statement earlier today to the effect that Abbas is not inciting violence, Netanyahu says there is “no gulf” between their assessments.

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