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Netanyahu’s Remarks in Response to the Terrorist Attack in Itamar

March 14, 2011
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“Since the disaster, this awful murder, became known, I have held discussions with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Israel Defense Forces [IDF] Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, Israel Security Agency Director Yuval Diskin, and other senior security officials. I instructed them to make every effort to find the murderers and not to rest until they have been found and brought to justice.

“I expect the international community to sharply and unequivocally condemn this murder, the murder of children. I have noticed that several countries that always hasten to the UN Security Council in order to condemn Israel, the state of the Jews—for planning a house in some locality, or for laying some tiles somewhere—have been dilatory [slow to act] in sharply condemning the murder of Jewish infants. I expect them to issue such condemnations immediately, without balances, without understandings, without justifications.  

“There is no justification, and there can be neither excuse nor forgiveness for the murder of children. I expect a similar condemnation, and I demand a similar condemnation, from the Palestinian Authority. I am disappointed by the weak and mumbled statements. This is not how one condemns terrorism. This is not how one fights terrorism. See how Israeli prime ministers, myself among them, have reacted in similar situations, but there has never been anything like this, in which terrorists entered a home and cut children’s throats.

“This requires sharp and unequivocal condemnation. This requires something else. This requires a halt to the incitement. I demand that the Palestinian Authority stop the incitement that is conducted on a daily basis in their schools, mosques and the media under their control. The time has come to stop this double-talk in which the Palestinian Authority outwardly talks peace and allows—and sometimes leads—incitement at home. The time has come to stop the incitement and begin educating their people for peace.

“Despite all the awful pain, I call upon all Israelis to act responsibly, with restraint, and not to take the law into their own hands.  When one takes the law into his own hands, there is no law. The IDF and the security forces will carry out their responsibilities—only they.”

Posted on March 14, 2011

Source: (Excerpts of Netanyahu’s comments, Prime Minister’s Office Web site, March 12, 2011)

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