Netanyahu: Keep Punishing Terrorist Supporters

Netanyahu responds to the ruling by a New York court that the PA must pay damages to victims of attack in Israel.

Elad Benari ,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening responded to the ruling by a New York court which found the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) liable for their role in encouraging and inciting terror attacks during the Second Intifada.

In his statement, Netanyahu called on the international community to follow the court’s example and continue to punish those who support terrorism.

"The U.S. federal court decision determines the responsibility of the Palestinian Authority for the murderous terrorist attacks of the previous decade. Instead of drawing the requisite lesson, the Palestinian Authority is advancing steps that endanger regional stability such as the hypocritical application to the International Criminal Court even as it is allied with the Hamas terrorist organization,” he said.

“We expect the responsible elements in the international community to continue to punish those who support terrorism just as the U.S. federal court has done and to back the countries that are fighting terrorism. Today as well we remember the families that lost their loved ones; our heart is with them and there is no justice that can console them," concluded Netanyahu.

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid also responded to the court’s decision, saying, "This is a just and historic decision which sends a clear message - there is no immunity for terrorism and there can be no compromises when facing it. This is a clear warning to the Palestinian Authority - the world will not turn a blind eye to involvement in terror attacks and to the targeting of innocent civilians."

Earlier on Monday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman hailed the ruling as a "moral victory".

"This decision constitutes above all a moral victory for the state of Israel and for victims of terrorism," Liberman said of the ruling.

It "confirms the opinion of those who know what happened in the early 2000s but which many in the world refused to recognize because of hypocrisy, known vested interests or anti-Semitism," he said.

"Terrorism is an integral part of the very structure of the Palestinian Authority," Liberman charged.