(JNi.media) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced during his cabinet meeting on Sunday that he demanded of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to launch a criminal investigation against MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint Arab List) over incitement for attacks on Israeli civilians.
“Pay attention to what she told the official Hamas publication,” Netanyahu said, citing: “The hundreds of thousands of worshipers must go to Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to face up to the Israeli plot to permit shedding the blood of the residents of east Jerusalem. Today there is only the action of individuals, and what is needed is popular support. If only lone attacks continue, without popular support, they will fade away within a few days. So when thousands of our people come out it will turn these events into a real Intifada,’” Netanyahu concluded the quote from Zoabi’s recent message.
According to Netanyahu, “this is a false and reckless incitement, and a clear call to violence. I am not prepared to ignore such serious things. This morning I approached the Attorney General to immediately launch a criminal investigation against Zoabi.”
Netanyahu also said at the cabinet meeting Sunday morning that “we are in the midst of a wave of terror whose source is false and systematic incitement about the Temple Mount, an incitement that came from Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and the Islamic Movement in Israel. Over the weekend, I ordered the enlisting of 16 reserve companies of the Border Police, in order to restore security and order. It is preferable to raise a massive force in advance, to take care of possible developments, rather than enlisting it after the fact—and we will enlist as many troops as will be necessary.”
The prime minister also announced that he intends on Sunday to convene another cabinet meeting to deal with government action against the Islamist movement in Israel.”
Netanyahu added: “At my instruction, the Government will approve today the enactment of minimum prison sentences of several years in prison for stone and Molotov cocktail throwers, as well as fines for minors and their parents. I want to wish a speedy recovery to the civilians, policemen and soldiers who were wounded in recent days. Also, I want to commend the security forces, Police, Border Police, the IDF and Shin Bet, for their dedicated and tireless work for the security of Israel, and I particularly want to commend the citizens of Israel who show vigilance, determination and an impressive fortitude.”