Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the latest surge of Palestinian violence against Israeli civilians and soldiers across the West Bank. During Jerusalem’s weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu stressed that while Israeli forces managed to locate and eliminate two terrorists, and that a third turned himself in; the fourth Palestinian terrorist who remains at large, will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. “Following the wave of murderous terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria last week we have taken vigorous security and settlement actions. Our forces located and eliminated two of the terrorists and a third turned himself in. Regarding the fourth, we are taking decisive action to find him, and we will also deal with him to the fullest extent of the law,” PM Netanyahu said.
The Prime Minister listed a series of government measures, in response to the surge of Palestinian terror activities, including: demolishing houses of Palestinian terrorists, revoking permits of their relatives to work in Israel, retroactively authorizing illegal housing units across Israeli settlements on disputed territories and advancing construction of industrial zones in two separate West Bank locations. Netanyahu also relayed a message to the Islamist Hamas organization, whose members were responsible for the latest surge in violence across the West Bank, stressing: ‘Israel won’t accept a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, while terrorism plagues Judea and Samaria – the two main regions of the West Bank.’ “We will not accept a situation in which there is a ceasefire in Gaza and terrorism in Judea and Samaria. We will exact a heavy price for this.” / “The Palestinian terrorists think that they can uproot us from the heart of our land. By our actions and the strength of our spirit we will make it clear to them and to the entire world that we are here to stay,” Netanyahu said.