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November 9, 2014 12:49 pm

Netanyahu Vows Tough Stance Against Arab Rioters

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Cherie Cullen / WikiCommons.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Cherie Cullen / WikiCommons.

JNS.orgFollowing riots over the Israeli police’s fatal shooting of an Arab youth who attacked police with a knife in Kafr Kanna on Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would take a tough stance against Israeli Arabs calling for the destruction of the Jewish state.

“We will not tolerate disturbances and riots,” he said. “We will act against stone throwers and those who block roads and call for the establishment of a Palestinian state in place of Israel. … I will instruct the interior minister to examine the option of revoking the citizenship of those calling for the destruction of Israel.”

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett defended the police in the Kafr Kanna incident, saying, “An Arab terrorist wildly attacked a police car with a knife, in an attempt to murder the [police officers]. … The police officers’ reaction was what is expected of our security personnel. Of course, we can and should always look into things, but this was not ‘cold-blooded murder,’ and we certainly should not repudiate our security forces personnel.”

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