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July 6, 2014 2:35 pm

After Jewish, Arab Murders, Netanyahu Compares Israeli, Palestinian Societies: They Name Public Squares After Killers, We Don’t

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at slain teens' funeral (screenshot

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at slain teens' funeral (screenshot

At a condolence call on Sunday with the families of three Israeli teens abducted on June 12 and killed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted the difference between Palestinian reactions to the deaths of the trio, and Israeli reactions to the murder of a Jerusalem Arab by suspected Jewish extremists last Wednesday.

“I am visiting today with my family, the families of Gilad (Shaer), Naftali (Frankel) and Eyal (Yifrach), who were murdered by Hamas terrorists. I promised their dear families that we will continue to stand by them, even after the days of mourning,” Netanyahu said at the home of the Frankel family in the town of Nof Ayalon.

Stressing that Israel would track down the captors of the Jewish victims, Netanyahu pointed out that “The murderers came from the territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority; they returned to territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Therefore, the Palestinian Authority is obliged to do everything in its power to find them, just as we did, just as our security forces located the suspects in the murder of Mohammed Abu Khudair within a matter of days.”

Netanyahu then sent his condolences to the Abu Khudair family.

“I pledge that the perpetrators of this horrific crime, which must be resolutely condemned in the most forceful language. I pledge that the perpetrators of this horrific crime will face the full weight of the law,” Netanyahu emphasized.

“I know that in our society, the society of Israel, there is no place for such murderers. And that’s the difference between us and our neighbors. They consider murderers to be heroes. They name public squares after them. We don’t. We condemn them and we put them on trial and we’ll put them in prison.”

“And that’s not the only difference,” the PM continued. “While we put these murderers on trial, in the Palestinian Authority, there is continuous incitement for the destruction of the State of Israel. It’s a staple of the official media and the educational system.”

“This is an asymmetrical conflict,” Netanyahu said. “We do not seek their destruction; they teach a very broad segment of their society to seek our destruction. And that must end. There is too much suffering. There is too much pain.”

Netanyahu concluded that Israel did not differentiate between either groups of killers, saying that “we will respond to all of them, wherever they come from, with a firm hand. We will not allow extremists from wherever they come to ignite the region and shed more blood.”

In Jerusalem, President Shimon Peres issued a statement decrying the mutual violence, and addressed the abduction and murder of Abu Khdeir.

“If a Jew kills they will be put to the court like any other criminal, there is no privilege, the law is equal to all and all are equal before the law. On that there is no compromise. We do not distinguish between blood and blood.

“The murder of a child is reprehensible, regardless of the religion or nationality of the child. It is our responsibility to secure life and to punish those who take it away from others,” Peres said.

“We must stop the incitement, it’s time to be respectful and to respect the law,” Peres said.

It’s in our hands. We know where words can lead, to more sorrow, to more danger,” Peres said. “It’s time for all of us to show restraint, to show understanding and let us as human beings, all of us, be true to our morality and to our hope of living together in peace.”

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  • theo musikanth

    Those who murdered Abu Khudeir deserve the most severe punishment What they did was soften the sympathy for the three Israelis murdered and for their families Around the world people now have less sympathy for Israel because the equate both parties as equally bloodthirsty
    I am in favour of the extreme punishment for the murderers of the Palestinian in order to emphasize the way we regard murder as compared to how they regard it by glorifying it

  • This generation of Arabs was raised on hatred taught to them in their textbooks, Midrasas, by their parents and
    incompetent leaders who filled their pockets with dollars and gold and did nothing for their people.
    They are not Palestinians and they must leave our land.
    There are so many Arab countries. Let them absorb them.
    These Arab countries threw out the Jews who were
    prosperous merchants, professors, scientists, doctors
    and paupers. The Arab leaders told them to leave their possessions behind, take one suitcase and leave the land
    or be killed.
    The Jews left their land, possessions and property
    behind in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebennon, ect.
    Israel absorbed our people. They came with nothing and
    built the land and prospered through education, hard work, everyone worked, everyone studied.
    What have the Arabs accomplished in 66 years.
    Nothing! They wait for American handouts.They sit around
    their hovels they call homes hiding ammunition under their couches and digging tunnels under their floorboards
    to smuggle in more weapons. They teach their children
    to kill Israelis in the name of Allah. A mother’s greatest joy is for her son to die as a martyr.
    These people are beyond the talking stage. We must show
    strength and action. Perez is a fine man and was
    in his earlier years a good leader. We must be strong and
    tough. Arab murderers and criminals should lose their Israeli citizenship. Those that incite and riot
    should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
    And go in and wipe out Gaza. Their rockets are killing our people, destroying our homes and frightening our
    children. Don’t worry about world opinion. They never
    cared about the Jews and Anti Semitism is on the rise.
    May Hashem be by our side. Enough is enough.

  • Shakir Wahiyib

    I find it deplorable that Israelis think they have a claim to anything. You were cast out of the land of Israel for disobeying divine will. Then the Jews killed the maschiach YEshua an innocent man prophecied in the book of Daniel 500 years before his arrival. You condemned and put an innocent man to death and God destroyed the temple.

    You were cast out and even when the torah says you have no claims to Israel, you return against divine will.

    Palestinians were living in Israel for 2000 years, 90000 jewish soldiers came in, murdered, pillaged, raped, looted, and lit whole villages afire. 98% of the land was inhabitated by Palestinians and you invent these sensational falsities.

    You are a cursed people. If the pogroms weren’t clue enough, then this constant death and chaos is a reminder that God has cursed your people.

    You who think a rabbis insanity while writing the talmud, think you are chosen or better than goyyims.

    One day, the world of gentiles will turn against Israel and all jews, and they will no longer buy into the holocaust where the jews deaths are remembered and the millions of gentiles forgotten.

    One day, your biological weapons meant to kill arabs only, your own weapons and your people’s resolve will crumble.

    In a nation where it is Jewish by nature, extremely prejudiced by its very nature, there will be no peace.

  • Lea Ivgy

    My comments to President Peres & Netanyahu: If you truly believe in our Bible, the punishment for those killers is (Eye for eye, tooth for tooth). In as much, you both are very much aware of the goals of those perpetrators: Destructions, הסבשלום, is that aré you possibly awaiting for? Putting these murderers in jail? WHAT A Helarious Jok ! Aré you for real? They aré still living eating, mahshemam, & planning for more desasters. Thé only way to teach those behind them, is to kill them; thus will put fears for thé rest of them to think twice before they dare their incitement, as you are anticipating, nô matter how smart you are, you still do not réel thé deepest pain & sorro to loose one of your own flesh & blood. Wake up, I Pledge: You cannot use deplomatic terms with (behemot) who Will never havé morality, or hope of living together in peace! M’y deepest condolences for those Families, השם ינחם אתכם, תנח נשמתם בגן אדן אים שאר הצדיקים, אמן!

  • joseph gluck

    we need to take back iraq and syria these arabs can all go to scotland,wales and england and montana
    they have p;enty of room the brits and the usa caused all these problems we need this final solution to the arab problem.

    • Maretta Rees

      The Brits do not have a lot of room and we have many of these Islamic militants living amongst us, having many more children than we do, as well as Pakistani, Iranian, African, Jamaican, Polish, and all the other Eastern European cities, who are not militant and we willingly take in these people (most of us) when we are struggling to find work, when we have no homes for our young people to buy and many are now homeless. As a Christian I stand with my Jewish brothers and sisters, but I do resent the implication that we do nothing – many may not support the Jews and for that I am profoundly sorry and we shall suffer for that as a nation, but on a very small island we take in as many people needing homes as does Israel.

    • david kindness

      You obviously never been to Britain the 1 thing they don’t have is space …and blaming US and UK is dumb ..

    • sarah saeed

      what the hell !!! take back ???? you can NEVER take back something that WASNT YOURS FROM THE FIRST PLACE !!!!

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Shimon Peres is the last person I would ever want to speak for Israel.

    He might have been a wunderkind with Ben-Gurion and served Israel well generations ago but not now.

    He is weak and he portrays Jews and Israel as weak instead of being strong and tough.

    When you have a growing population of Arabs now numbering 20% than your days are numbered. I left Israel in 1981 and now that you allow 60,000 illegal Africans to remain I can tell you that they are the seeds of your destruction. Throw them out and the world be damned.

  • Jack Tucker

    I suppose no square or building is named after Menachem Beigin who felt that killing the Jewish Arab and British personnel in the King David Hotel was justified to help establish the state or that executing the residents of De’ir Yassin was necessary because it helped to clear the future Eretz Yisrael of Arabs. Terrorists are murderers–on their side and on ours. And lots of us think that murder is justified in our situation.

  • HaDaR

    Sorry but naming squares after murderers is NOT the main difference.
    The REAL issue is that WE Jews compassionate and love life, they don’t; that WE are AT HOME in Israel, OUR ancestral land, not 20% descendants of muslim invaders and 80% descendants of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS from Egypt, Syria, Hedjaz (Saudi Arabia), etc. with NO religious, historical, cultural connection to the Land of Israel.

    • John

      Your ancestral home is Khazaria, you have zero claim to the land of Palestine.

  • sander

    Netanyahu and Peres’ words mean nothing to the Palestinian Arabs who Islamic ideology is the driving force to kill Jews and eradicate the Jewish State.The only way to bring peace is for Israel to cause at much pain as it takes until their Palestinian enemy says enough and unconditionally surrenders.Then rehabilitation can occur as was the case with nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.One has to wonder what fine words Netanyahu and Peres would utter had they been in charge during Krystal Night.

    • vivarto

      No rehabilitation is possible.
      Muhammedans are naturally inferior to civilized people.
      In spite of all the best efforts including the affirmative action, the Muhammedans will be under-performing and will be envious of Jews who out-perform them. This envy will lead to hatred.

      The only solution is to rid Israel of the Muhammedan invasive species.
      However for the few individuals who love Israel and want to be part of Jewish state there should be a way to stay. The first step should be public repudiation of Islam. Then pledge of support for Jewish state, and plea for being a part of the Jewish people.
      Such non-Muslim Arabs should be welcome to stay. It should not be necessary to convert to Judaism, at least not to the strict forms of Judaism. This part of requirement is unfair, as many Jews themselves don’t adhere to such Judaism. (I don’t and consider it stupid…)

  • We are all human beings and must be treated as such.
    When in 1929 the Jewish residents in Hebron were attacked and over sixty murdered, those that survived were saved by their Arab neighbours.

    Some years ago I was present when a Moslem delegation arrived at our Yom ha Shoah ceremony at West Park, Johannesburg, to present their condolences.

    Don Krausz – chairman.
    Association of Holocaust Survivors in Johannesburg.

    • Bullfrog

      Don, I am not sure what point you are making.

      The Arab neighbours of today are very different to those of 1929. The tensions are far greater, Israel has been around since 1948, and since 1967 has occupied the West Bank, part of Jordan. The level of hate in 2014 can not be compared to 1929.

      Not all Moslems hate Jews. The Jihadists & murderers come from the Sunni and Shia sects, whether it be Isis, Hamas, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen or Nigeria.

      Moderate Islam needs to deal with its extremists.

    • vivarto

      Great, so you want to live with Muhammedan murderers and have a chance to be saved by some Muhammedans who are not murderers?

      Well I prefer to not live with Muhmmedans.

  • Kerry Berger

    When will we see a similar commitment on the part of the Palestinian Authority? We know that Hamas, islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and other militant factions continue to seek israel’s destruction regardless of the cost. It’s time Israel does something to make the extremists think twice about continuing a policy of terrorism instead of political dialog and solution.

  • Martin Bookspan

    Responding “with a firm hand” are the correct words. Now, PLEASE, Mr. Prime Minister turn those words into action that will begin to eradicate those “human animals” (to use your own words) from this too vulnerable planet.

  • Golum

    Bibi…Speak to the hand cause the face ain’t listening…..

    Don’t waste your mouth these araab animals just want blood!!!!

  • Ephraim

    Wake up Israel government. Israel is our land. There is no such place as palatine or people called palestinians. The only way to real peace is to get them out of our country. They are very clear , they want to kill all of us and take all our land. America, Europe and the U. Support this. Why is the Israeli government supporting this. Protect the Jews in Israel. Quit trying to make our enemy be our friends. They are not our friends. They want us all dead wake up.

  • Jeff Blankfort

    Every country does and probably the US more than the rest, given our history of genocide against native Americans and slavery. As for Eretz Israel, one needs go no further than Kiryat Arba where there is a memorial to Baruch Goldstein who murdered 29 Palestinians in Hebron a couple of decades ago.

  • art

    That is the difference. The mother of Abu Khudair called for death destruction murder and vengence,indiscriminate violence the Jewish mothers decried violence, they extended their wishes to offer comfort to the Khudair family. Abbas called for destruction and never called for calm. There is no hope of peace.After 20+ yrs of good faith gestures and prisoner releases the patience of Israelis has worn thin. They have seen that violence has worked for the pa/abbas/plo/hamas

  • Oscar

    Baruch Goldstein is honored in Israel.

    • A Zionist

      No he is not.

      This is an unhelpful remark with the intention of inflaming the divide. After 100 years of Jewish murders by Arabs, it is about time the Arabs stopped playing the victim and take responsibility for teaching their children to hate. They are the school yard bully who cries to the teacher when the bullied finally hits back. The sheer audacity of Abbas to demand a UN investigation when within days, Israel has caught these vile perpetrators. Abbas has made no effort whatsoever, has stirred the incitement and his beliefs (Holocaust denial and hatred of Jews and Israel) have not changed. The Arab Mks are equally guilty of incitement and share the responsibility which includes Zoabi, Tibi et al.,

      Golda Meir said (paraphrasing) We can forgive the Arabs for trying to kill our children. We cannot forgive the Arabs for making our children kill their children. Peace will only happen when the Arabs love their children more than they hate Jews.

  • I heard how America government representative condemns Israel for the death of that Arab teen but nothing in the last 3 weeks about the three Israeli teens or the three Jews. Did I miss it or not.