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November 17, 2014 5:13 pm

Israel’s Opposition Leader Says Netanyahu to Blame for Recent Violence in Israel

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Isaac Herzog, newly elected leader of Israel's Labor Party. Photo: WikiCommons.

Isaac Herzog, a leader of Israel's Labor Party. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Times of Israel – Opposition leader and head of the Labor Party Isaac Herzog said Saturday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was responsible for recent tensions with Israel’s Arab community, after the unrest in Jerusalem and the West Bank spread to Arab communities within Israel.

The surge followed the police’s fatal shooting of a Kafr Kanna man early last Saturday, which set off violent clashes between protesters in Israeli Arab villages and Israeli police this week. The clashes prompted Netanyahu to tell Arab rioters that they were welcome to leave Israel for Gaza or the West Bank.

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  • Rachel

    In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act – George Orwell

    The chaos Israel is experiencing is not only Netanyahu and the Knesset’s failure, it is also Israel’s moral failure.Instead of demonstrating moral leadership and uprooting terrorist infrastructure from Gaza, Israel chose to forcibly remove its own people from Gush Katif.
    Instead of protecting its citizens from terrorist attacks, it has used its power to forcefully uproot twenty communities in the interests of so-called peace.
    The retreat from Gaza and the West Bank demonstrates to the Palestinians that terror is an effective way to conquer Israel.
    Instead of seeing Israel standing up to Hamas and Fatah, they grant victory to its sworn enemies by giving them East Jerusalem, and refusing to take back the Temple Mount.
    Time for Israel to realize that Palestinian victory over Gaza,and the transfer of the struggle to the West Bank and now Jerusalem is an indication that Hamas will continue the struggle for occupation of every inch of Israeli territory.

  • art

    do herzog Livni etc realize that there are several existential dangers facing Israel and that there is a need for a government of unity. Like Begin they must set aside personal gain and ideological differences for the well being of Israel. To the arabs and eu ALL Israelis are illegal settlers

  • This is disgraceful, instead of being unified at times of crisis, he criticizes the Prime Minister.
    It is Israel’s appeasement and concessions that have brought about today’s Arab violence.
    Anyone who has not learned from the past and wants to continue the policy of appeasement and concession. Think again. Israel must stay strong and unified.
    The Arabs teach hate and destruction, They state loudly that their goal is to take over all of Israel and get rid of the Jews.
    There actions and Charters verify it, These are the people you want and think you can make peace – you are delusional.