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January 10, 2017 12:36 pm

Netanyahu: IDF Will Always Remain in West Bank, Regardless of Future Scenarios

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu inspects a seized Palestinian weapon during a tour of the IDF's West Bank headquarters on Tuesday. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO via Netanyahu's Facebook page.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu inspects a seized Palestinian weapon during a tour of the IDF’s West Bank headquarters on Tuesday. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO via Netanyahu’s Facebook page.

The IDF will always remain in the West Bank no matter what, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated on Tuesday, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.

Joined by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, Netanyahu toured the IDF’s West Bank headquarters in Beit El on Tuesday — two days after four Israeli soldiers were killed in a truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem. In remarks made to the press at the end of the visit, the prime minister said, “I was very impressed with the tough work being done on the ground to thwart Palestinian terrorism in Judea and Samaria — intelligence, arrests, raids and operations. This is being carried out with great ingenuity and effort.”

“In 2016, 43 weapons-production sites workshops were found [in the West Bank] — with closures, confiscations of equipment and arrests of those in charge,” Netanyahu went on to say. “There was also a dramatic rise in the seizure of weapons, but we still have a great challenge ahead of us.”

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“We are aware of the fact that the Palestinian Authority, unfortunately, not only failed to condemn the recent terror attack in Jerusalem, but some in Fatah praised it,” the prime minister noted.

“We know we are standing before dramatic diplomatic changes, some I believe which are very good for Israel, but — unfortunately — we have not yet reached a stabilization of the situation,” he went on to say. “But from what I saw today, the efforts of the IDF and security forces are significant. There have been some major breakthroughs — in technology, intelligence and other areas — that are leading in the right direction. We must remain alert, as the fight against terrorism is always facing us.”

Lieberman, according to nrg, said, “Incitement comes from the top. Everything we’ve seen in the past few days is from Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas]. There are inciting calls made from mosques, and this has a direct influence.”

“Those who think intimidation, pressure and an international conference will change reality are wrong,” he added, in an apparent reference to the diplomatic gathering set to be held in Paris on Sunday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process.”

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