PM: 'No comparison' between Arab and Jewish terror

At Cabinet meeting, PM says attempts to tie Religious Zionism to extremism is a 'great injustice' to 'valuable part of Israeli society.

Hezki Baruch,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed during his Cabinet meeting Sunday recently published footage documenting right-wing extremists celebrating the Duma arson at a wedding. 

According to Netanyahu, the individuals seen dancing with knives and guns in the video are part of an "extremist and fringe" group that "certainly do not represent religious Zionism."

"To try and link religious Zionism to this group does a very great injustice to a dear public that is loyal to the state, contributes to the state and contributes to the IDF, including to its most outstanding units," he asserted. "I would like to draw this distinction."

After showing ministers the footage, which was first broadcast on Channel 10 on Wednesday night, Netanyahu continued by making a distinction between Arab and Jewish terror. 

"There is a difference between Arab terror and Jewish terror," Netanyahu contended. "We condemn, they praise."

The Prime Minister also noted that contrary to Jewish terror, which occurs on a small scale, Arab terror is rampant and occurs "constantly and on a much larger scale."

There is a great difference between Israeli society's and Israeli democracy's healthy approach, which disavows, condemns and takes action against terrorism, and the Palestinian Authority which, I regret, encourages and incites terrorism," the Prime Minister added. 

"I suggest that these distinctions be maintained even as we fight terrorism and inciters of whatever kind."

Netanyahu also responded to accusations the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) was using torture against the Jewish youths implicated in the deadly arson. 

"The ISA, including all of its branches, is doing very important work here. It is acting according to law, under legal oversight. It is acting in accordance with the government's policy of fighting terrorism of any kind, and this is what we are doing," he emphasized.