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Bennett Vows Crackdown on Terrorism

Bayit Yehudi head has asked prime minister for urgent cabinet session on Judea and Samaria terrorism.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/28/2013, 9:21 AM

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
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Economics Minister and Bayit Yehudi head Naftali Bennett met with leaders of communities in Judea and Samaria Monday and vowed to take steps to improve the security situation there, which has been deteriorating.

"The present situation is very grave, and I will not allow it to continue like this,” Bennett said. “It is unbearable, that entire families and children will not be able to go safely from one place to another. It is our job to protect them.”

Bennett said that he has written a letter to the Prime Minister in which he demanded that the Cabinet for Security and Diplomacy be convened for an urgent session on the ongoing attempts to hurt Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers in Judea and Samaria.

In his letter, Bennett noted that urgent action must be taken. “Terror is raising its head in the face of a too-restrained policy regarding use of military force on the ground. This policy causes the loss of personal security of the local residents and it may encourage extremist elements from both sides to take the law into their hands.”

Benntt added that it is the government's responsibility to protect the population by maintaining law and order.

The Knesset has recently been told that rock throwing attacks in Judea and Samaria are up threefold from 2011, and firebomb attacks are up fourfold. IDF soldiers are complaining that current IDF instructions forbid them from firing at terrorists except in the most extreme of circumstances.