Netanyahu Orders Criminal Probe into MK Zoabi

Prime Minister to open proceedings against Hanin Zoabi after the MK openly called for an 'intifada' in Hamas media.

Tova Dvorin , | updated: 13:20

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
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The government is in the midst of enacting harsh sentences against terrorists as well as against inciters, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Sunday. 

"We are in the midst of a wave of terrorism originating from systematic and mendacious incitement regarding the Temple Mount – incitement by Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and the Islamic Movement in Israel," he stated, in his opening remarks to his weekly Cabinet meeting.

"This weekend I ordered the mobilization of 16 Border Police companies in order to restore security and order. It is better to mobilize massive forces to deal with possible developments, rather than do so after the fact, and we will call up more forces as necessary."

Netanyahu added that, during Sunday's meeting, new measures will be passed against the Islamic Movement in Israel. 

"I am not ready to accept incitement from within," he warned. "We are utilizing every resource against incitement from every direction." 

"In this regard, note the words of incitement and violence over the weekend uttered by Israeli MK Hanin Zoabi in Hamas's official journal (al-Risala)," the PM added.

"Here is what she said: 'Hundreds of thousands of worshipers should go up to Al- Aqsa in order to face down an Israeli plot for the blood of East Jerusalem residents. Today there are actions only by individuals and what is needed is popular support. If only individual attacks continue without popular support, they will sputter out within a few days. Therefore the outpouring of thousands of our people will make these events a real intifada.'

"This wild and deceitful incitement is a clear call to violence. This is serious and I will not ignore it. This morning I contacted the Attorney General to immediately open a criminal investigation against MK Zoabi."

Netanyahu added, as well, that the government is due to pass Sunday a one-year minimum sentence for rock and firebomb throwers, as well as fines levied against both minors convicted of these crimes and their parents. 

He concluded by thanking the security forces, as well as Israeli citizens, for displaying "alertness, vigilance, and impressive strength" against the wave of terror. 



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