MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) reacted to the multi-pronged terror attack near Eilat Thursday by calling of a radical change in the way the IDF treats Bedouin gangs in the South. He advocated adoption of "targeted killings" – the weapon the IDF used against terror groups at the height of the "Oslo" Terror War of the early 2000s.
"The government, which failed to seal off the southern border to tens of thousands of illegal infiltrators, signaled to all of the terror organizations in the neighborhood that there is no difficulty in infiltrating Israel and attempting to harm it," he said.
"Only a dramatic change in the instructions for opening fire and targeted assassinations against the heads of the Bedouin gangs in the Sinai and Negev will succeed in sealing the border," he said.
MK Uri Ariel (NU) said, "The Arabs are trying to take us back to the days of the Fedayoun [the armed gangs that terrorized southern Israel in the 1950s and early 60s – Ed.]. I call upon the Prime Minister not to waste time and to go back to the days of the Counterattacks [as the Israeli operations against terrorists were known in those days – Ed.]."
"This attack is the result of ongoing neglect of the southern border in Israel – a failure of historic proportions. Until now, we paid for it in the invasion of infiltrators and piratical construction. Now this neglect has cost the lives of Israelis, too. I call upon the Prime Minister to respond to those responsible in the proper Zionist manner, and immediately begin re-strengthening Israel sovereignty in both Negev and Galilee."