'The Arabs don't need excuses to carry out attacks'

MK Motti Yogev discusses upcoming challenges for defense establishment, from the weekend march in Gaza to Independence Day.

Benny Tocker ,

Motti Yogev
Motti Yogev
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MK Motti Yogev (Jewish Home), a member of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, told Arutz Sheva on Wednesday that he is convinced that the defense establishment will draw the necessary conclusions from the incidents of infiltrations from Gaza into Israel.

On Tuesday, three Arab terrorists were apprehended by IDF troops near the Tze’elim army base in southern Israel, after having walked for miles from Gaza. The terrorists were found to be carrying knives and grenades and admitted during interrogation that they had intended to attack soldiers.

On Wednesday, soldiers arrested an unarmed Arab man from Gaza who infiltrated Israeli territory. He was arrested at the Zikim Beach north of Gaza and transferred for interrogation.

"I do not want to be judgmental, but we see that these are not the first incidents of infiltration. There is no doubt that there was a mishap here, and it does not matter whether it is terrorists or illegal aliens. Entering through a fence that is supposed to be secured is an incident that requires drawing conclusions. This is a dangerous and serious issue,” Yogev said, adding that the coming period presents a significant challenge to the defense establishment.

"At the end of the week there is the mass march on the border with Gaza. There could be a bad situation, especially if there are casualties," he noted.

"We all know who is behind these women and children [who are marching]: Terrorist organizations that starve them and then send them to march along the border fence. I am convinced that the defense establishment and the IDF will know how to prepare for this."

"We know that we are preparing for more sensitive dates such as Independence Day, the move of the American embassy to Jerusalem and Jerusalem Day. These are times which will certainly challenge us, but the truth is that the Arabs do not need excuses to carry out terrorist attacks," Yogev said.

He added that there is reason for Israel to consider following the example of the United States Congress and stopping the transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority, which pays salaries to terrorists and their families.

"There is definitely room for Israel to offset the funds that are transferred to the families of murderers. The Palestinians have to find themselves a civilized leadership rather than a leadership of war,” stated Yogev.