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MKs Call on Netanyahu to Fire Livni, Begin War on Terror

Israeli leaders begin to express frustration at lack of deterrence against terrorism, amid rising tensions and unrest.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 7/2/2014, 8:02 PM

Danny Danon
Danny Danon
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Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to fire Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (HaTnua) on Wednesday and proceed with a full-scale war on terror. 

"Netanyahu must dismiss Tzipi Livni and lead the Israeli government in a determined struggle against the real aggressor, Hamas," Danon declared.  

"Tzipi Livni, who still suffers from illusions of negotiations, directs the Cabinet with a defeatist attitude rather than a nationalist spirit determined to lead the fight against terrorism and their collaborators." 

Earlier Wednesday, MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) also criticized Netanyahu over the way he has handled the past several weeks. 

"[Due to] Netanyahu's policy in recent years, Israel's deterrence has eroded," Mofaz fired. "The fact that the ISA [Shin Bet] foiled 44 kidnapping attempts in the past 18 months is very alarming." 

Mofaz, who served as IDF Chief of Staff during "Operation Defensive Shield" in 2002, stressed that "the abduction of boys is not just another terrorist attack."

"This is a sign of serious problems with Israeli deterrence," he said. "Over the past 18 days, dozens of missiles have been fired at communities in the State of Israel."

"No other country would allow it."

Both comments surface after a tense day in Israel, which has seen eleven rockets fired into its borders in a 12-hour span and violent clashes with enraged Israeli Arabs in Jerusalem. 

Earlier this week, the bodies of abducted teens Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha'ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19) were found in a shallow grave near Halhul. 

The revelation ended Operation Brothers' Keeper, which saw over 400 Hamas terrorists deemed to be connected to the abduction arrested and several incitement-laced broadcasting stations closed - but many Israeli leaders have called for a significant act of deterrence to follow the murders. 

So far, no definitive action has been taken, save for the destruction of the family homes of the Hamas terrorists deemed responsible for the triple murders.