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PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yaalon.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Monday night for the arrests of the murderers of Rabbi and Naama Henkin last week and vowed, “Just as we defeated previous waves of terrorism, we will defeat this one as well.”

The Prime Minister stated:

I would like to commend the ISA personnel who solved the terrible murder of the Henkins near Nablus [Shechem]. They acted very quickly and also apprehended the murderers. We are acting with a strong hand against terrorism and against inciters.

We are operating on all fronts. We have brought an additional four IDF battalions into Judea and Samaria, and thousands of police into Jerusalem. The police are going deeply into the Arab neighborhoods, which has not been done in the past.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Security Cabinet are meeting in emergency session Monday night, after the Shemini Azeret-Simchat Torah holiday, to approve strong measures that reverse previous orders that restricted soldiers trying to protect themselves and civilians from terrorists, armed with everything from rocks to rifles and bombs.

He said:

We will demolish terrorists’ homes.

We are allowing our forces to take strong action against those who throw rocks and firebombs…. We are not prepared to give immunity to any rioter, inciter or terrorist anywhere;

Therefore, there are no restrictions on the action of our security forces. We will also lift restrictions regarding action against inciters. We will act against the Islamic Movement which, together with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, is the main source of incitement.

We are in a difficult struggle but one thing should be clear – we will win. Just as we defeated previous waves of terrorism, we will defeat this one as well.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

33 COMMENTS

  1. how exactly? by ‘arresting’ them and giving them a better life inside than they had on the outside? At the expense of the Israeli tax payer? Do your math BB – to keep one scum in prison for a full year – about $50,000. 1 bullet – $5.00…. no mathematicians in your cabinet?

  2. Not "terror" – this is "war." Do not fall into the same vocabulary trap as our diplomats and politicians. They use the narrative of our enemies and adversaries. Israel and the Jewish people are facing a threat to their very existence, no less than the Final Solution of the Nazi era.

  3. What did you think about Susan Rice’s statement that she was perplexed about Putin’s sudden involvement in the Middle East. Did they expect Iran to be the hegemonic power that would decide which countries lived and which died? That kind of outcome tells you all you need to know about Obama’s Middle Eastern foreign policy.

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