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Netanyahu: Middle East in 'Especially Sensitive' Time

Prime Minister: “We have a clear policy of responding to attempted attacks against our territory.”
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/2/2013, 4:57 PM

Биньямин Нетаньяху
Биньямин Нетаньяху
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a short statement to the Cabinet and to the general public at Sunday's government session, regarding the chaotic situation in the Middle East.

"The Middle East is going through an especially sensitive period of shocks and upheavals in many sectors,” Netanyahu said.

“While we have no interest in being party to the conflicts around us, we are acting and we are committed to prevent dangers to Israel's security, and we have a clear policy of responding to attempted attacks against our territory.

Netanyahu also alluded to recent press storms regarding supposedly “racist” separation between Arabs and Jews at an amusement park, and alleged incidents of nationalist graffiti scrawled by Jews.

“Also, I would like to strongly condemn recent phenomena of racism against Israeli Arabs and hooliganism against Palestinians, which were without any provocation or justification whatsoever. We strongly reject these phenomena and will act with all legal means at our disposal to stop them."

Netanyahu did not see fit to also mention the rising tide of anti-Jewish violence, which includes daily arson, rock ambushes and firebomb attacks.