“It is time for states to condemn terrorism against us like they condemn terrorism anywhere else in the world,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as he drew parallels between the massive attacks by Isis-linked terrorists that rocked Paris Friday and attacks against Israelis.
The world that had rallied to condemn bloodshed in France must do so for Israel as well, he said at a weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. “The time has come for the world to wake up and unite in order to defeat terrorism.”
“It is appropriate that [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas, who condemned the attack in France, will condemn the cruel terrorism against innocents in Israel and fight the incitement fueling it,” the Prime Minister said.
Referring to a Friday shooting attack by a Palestinian that left a rabbi and his 18-year-old son dead in the West Bank near Hebron as, as they drove with five other family members, Netanyahu said the perpetrators had been the same. The shooting came amid a wave of stabbings and other attacks that have left 15 Israelis dead in two months.
“Hours after the murder in Otniel, terrorists went on a ruthless terror attack in Paris and murdered innocents,” he said.
“In Israel, as in France, terrorism is terrorism, and the force standing behind it is radical Islam and its wish to destroy its victims.”
There was no claim of responsibility for the Otniel shooting, which came amid a wave of stabbings and other attacks that have left 15 Israelis dead in two months.
The prime minister has compared Palestinian terrorists to the Islamic State group in the past, with critics responding that he was oversimplifying a complicated threat.
Netanyahu also rejected claims that terror against Israel was linked to policies in the West Bank and urged the international community against a “blame the victim” philosophy when it comes to Israel.
We are not to blame for the terrorism directed against us, just as the French are not to blame for the terrorism directed against them.
“It is the terrorists who are to blame for terrorism, not the territories, not the settlements and not any other thing,” he said.
“The terrorists who attack us have the same murderous intent as those in Paris,” Netanyahu said.