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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed Israeli security forces on Tuesday to act decisively against right-wing activists who attacked IDF soldiers and officers in the Efraim Brigade in the West Bank.

"This is an incident worthy of condemnation," he said. "Security forces must concentrate on defending Israeli citizens and not on such outrageous violations of the law."

Defense Minister Ehud Barak also condemned the attack, saying the actions "carry an air of self-made terrorism."

In a statement, Barak said he is determined to put a stop to such actions and instructed IDF forces to use all means necessary to find the perpetrators.

Danny Dayan, the chairman of the Yesha Council of West Bank settlements, also condemned the attack Tuesday morning. Dayan called colonel Ran Kahane ,who was lightly wounded by the right-wing activists, and strongly condemned the attack and the raid on the IDF base.

"As the leader of the Yesha Council but also a resident of the area over which you command, I know well the dedicated work you, the officers, and soldiers do every day and every night for our security," Dayan said. "What happened last night was an inappropriate, shameful, and ungrateful act. The perpetrators must turn themselves in, and if they don't they must be brought to justice."

Rightist group Im Tirtzu also condemned the attack and called to punish those responsible.
"We call for the investigation and severe punishment of those people who adopted the ways of Arab terrorists and activists from the extreme left," a statement said.

Ronen Shovel, the chairman of the movement, said Israeli security forces must act determinedly to put the perpetrators to justice.

"The people who attack IDF soldiers are traitors," Shovel said. "Whoever treats the IDF as an enemy – from the right or the left – is the enemy of the State of Israel and the Jewish people."

Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon described Tuesday night’s events as “terrorism.”

“The violent acts last night in Judea and Samaria are acts of terror,” he said.

Meanwhile, MK Yaakov Katz, chairman of the National Union, also condemned the attack, saying “anyone who harms the IDF, its soldiers and officers, is not related to settlers, but in fact wants to harm them.”

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni, also joined the condemnations.

“Settler violence against the IDF base is another is another step in the radicalization that is taking over Israel, with agreement and in silence,” Livni said.

Kadima MK, and head of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Shaul Mofaz called for “the Shin Bet security services and the security apparatus to reach each and every one of those involved and bring them to justice for breaching national security.”

Meanwhile, an activist in the right-wing hilltop youth told Haaretz that Defense Minister Ehud Barak was responsible for the raid on the IDF base and the vandalism of army property.

"Instead of calming the area and promising that the outposts will be safeguarded, they discriminate against the settlers," the activist said.

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