National Security

Netanyahu: Condemn Terrorism Against Israel To Same Degree You Condemn Terrorism Elsewhere

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paralleled the Islamic State’s attack on Paris to Israel’s struggle in fighting Islamic extremist terrorists during his cabinet meeting on Sunday.

"In Israel, as in France, terrorism is terrorism," Netanyahu said. "And standing behind it is radical Islam and its desire to destroy its victims."

Netanyahu called for the world to recognize the increasing turmoil in its country to the same degree it has focused on the attacks in Paris. He called for a unified front to combat jihadists.

"The time has come for the world to wake up and unite in order to defeat terrorism," Netanyahu said. "The time has come for countries to condemn terrorism against us to the same degree that they condemn terrorism everywhere else in the world."

The prime minister called for Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian National Authority, to condemn attacks against Israelis the same way he vocalized his opposition to the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 innocent people.

"It would be proper for Abu Mazen (Abbas), who condemned the attack in France yesterday, to condemn ruthless terrorism against innocent people in Israel and fight the incitement that motivates it," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu’s comments were made in response to a terrorist attack in the South Hebron Hills where Palestinians killed a father and his son while they were driving with their family. Abbas has yet to condemn the killings.

"We should remember–we are not responsible for the terrorism directed against us, just as the French are not to blame for the terrorism directed against them," Netanyahu said. "It is the terrorists who are to blame for terrorism, not the territories, not the settlements, and not any other thing."

Netanyahu credited Israel’s proactive methods with foiling terrorist plots against its people.