PM to convene security cabinet in response to wave of terror
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PM to convene security cabinet in response to wave of terror

Minister and ex-IDF general Yoav Galant blames current violence on years of incitement and PA failure to prevent it

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (seated, second right) and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (seated, right) join mourners at the family home of slain teen Hallel Yaffa Ariel in Kiryat Arba on July 1, 2016, a day after she was murdered in her bed. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (seated, second right) and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (seated, right) join mourners at the family home of slain teen Hallel Yaffa Ariel in Kiryat Arba on July 1, 2016, a day after she was murdered in her bed. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to convene his security cabinet Saturday night to discuss a response to the wave of Palestinian terrorism that has claimed the lives of two Israelis and wounded five others since Thursday.

Politicians and public figures have demanded a tough response to the deadly violence.

Housing Minister Yoav Galant of Kulanu expressed horror Friday at the recent attacks, which he attributed to “endless” Palestinian incitement, and said Israel must work with the rest of the world to battle the phenomenon.

“There are no words of comfort for a family that lost a 13-year-old girl in a murder by a 17-year-old, or alternatively for children who lose their father before their eyes. When a 17-year-old sets out to harm and murder a young girl, is it a result of incitement, of years-long education to violence, of the failure to prevent it by the Palestinian Authority,” he told Channel 10. Galant was referring to the murder of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, stabbed to death in her bed at her home in Kiryat Arba by a teen Palestinian terrorist on Thursday, and the killing of Rabbi Miki Mark in a drive-by shooting near Hebron on Friday.

Yoav Galant speaks to Channel 2, January 18, 2015. (screen capture)
Yoav Galant speaks to Channel 2, January 18, 2015. (screen capture)

Galant, a former high ranking IDF officer, declined to outline his plans to halt the wave of violence. “I am keeping my ideas for myself and the cabinet to discuss with the chief of staff and IDF generals. We should be restrained regarding our external message and determined in its implementation. We can not countenance this, we will reach the terrorists, strike at them wherever they are, be they sent from Lebanon, Syria or Gaza. Israel has a proven track record of this.”

He put the terrorism down to “the inability to accept that there is a prosperous Zionist state, and to endless incitement. The fact that terrorist events are occurring around the world gives a tailwind to the terror attacks here. We, together with the entire world, must crush the head of the snake.”

Reproduction photo, courtesy of the family, of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, who was stabbed and killed in a terror attack in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, in the West Bank on June 30, 2016 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Reproduction photo, courtesy of the family, of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, who was stabbed and killed in a terror attack in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, in the West Bank on June 30, 2016 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who leads the Orthodox-nationalist Jewish Home party, said he would present a far-reaching plan to halt the wave of terror attacks.

Suggestions included in his plan, he said, were the imprisonment or expulsion of terrorists’ families; the arrest of all Hamas operatives in the West Bank; the destruction of thousands of illegally built homes in the West Bank; the complete closure of the villages of assailants; resumption of full military activity in West Bank areas that are under the control of the Palestinian Authority; preventing Palestinian vehicles from traveling on Route 60 — the West Bank’s main north-to-south road; and disabling the Internet in the entire Hebron region.

“Facebook is the central tool of incitement in the ‘viral’ terror wave,” he said.

An Israeli car hit in a drive-by shooting near Hebron that killed Miki Mark on July 1, 2016 (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
An Israeli car hit in a drive-by shooting near Hebron that killed Miki Mark on July 1, 2016 (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

Netanyahu also held security assessments with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman following Friday’s attack in which Rabbi Miki Mark was shot dead in an attack on his family’s car.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog claimed government ministers were more concerned with fighting with each other than finding real solutions to the spate of attacks.

“We are again plagued with a wave of terrorism that has cut short the lives of civilians… and the only thing the cabinet does is squabble,” he said. “It is comprised of ‘Facebook heroes’ who do not dare to make serious decisions on the future of Israel and its security, creating spin and headlines and fighting with each other as terror continues to hit us.”

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