MK Ariel: Too Early to Say Who was Behind Fire

Nationalist Baruch Marzel: the government and High Court are to blame for pushing the people into a corner.

Gil Ronen ,

'Price tag' in Hebrew (file)
'Price tag' in Hebrew (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Nationalist activist Baruch Marzel blamed the government for the anger that caused the apparent arson attack against a mosque in the Galilee.

"A year ago I warned against pushing an entire segment of the populace into a corner, and said that this would lead to acts of desperation," Marzel said. "The government and the High Court are the ones who bear responsibility for 'Price Tag' [as Jewish revenge operations have come to be known – ed.[ and I am afraid that continued oppression will push part of the public to even more extreme acts."

MK Uri Ariel (National Union) said Monday: "I forcefully denounce and deplore all activity of this kind. However we must remember that we have often learned in the past that cases suspected as 'Price Tag' turned out to be local Arab mishaps that were used in order to vilify the religious Zionist sector." He advocated that the press wait before coming out with headlines about the apparent attack. 

MK Nachman Shai (Kadima) stated Monday morning: "Once again, we awoke to hear that outlaws sneaked in at night like cowards and damaged the delicate fabric of life between Jews and Arabs. The prime minister and defense minister have failed thus far to locate those responsible for Price Tag and now it turns out that the Jewish vandals continue their activity inside the Green Line as well."

"This event should receive top priority," he said, "including use of the Shin Bet in order to catch those responsible urgently. The fire is in our yard."
MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) called on the police to "put their hands on the anarchist groups operating under the name 'Price Tag.' These are anti-Zionist groups that undermine our right to this land. Their approach and outlook are like those of any other anti-Zionist terror group." He urged a policy of "zero tolerance."