Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised his supporters in Likud Thursday that "whoever dares raise his hand against soldiers or police will pay a heavy price for it."
Regarding the recent riot in an army base, he said: "We will arrest the rioters, we will distance them and we will try them. There will be no discounts."
"We will not allow an extremist group to start a religious war with our neighbors," Netanyahu said. He added that hurting soldiers is a grave matter, whether it happens at the Ephraim Brigade Base or at Naalin – a hot spot for Arab and leftist violence.
The Likud Central Committee convention approved Netanyahu's request to hold elections for the movement's leadership in late January.