Netanyahu 'Invites' Arab Protesters to Move to Palestinian Authority

Responding to the Tel Aviv terror attack, both the prime minister and foreign minister blame the 'incitement' of the Palestinian Authority.

Gil Eliyahu

Israeli Arabs who demonstrate against Israel can "move to the Palestinian Authority or Gaza," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday in response to the terror attack in Tel Aviv earlier in the day.

"To all those who demonstrate against Israel and in favor of a Palestinian state, I say something simple: I invite you to move there; we won't give you any problem," Netanyahu said, during a meeting of the Likud Knesset faction.

Riots rocked the northern village of Kafr Kana on the weekend following the death of an Israeli Arab man who was shot by the police. Much of the Israeli Arab sector observed a general strike on SUnday in response to the shooting.

Netanyahu also promised to "fight the incitement led by the Palestinian Authority" and to "take determined action against the rioters who call for the destruction of Israel."

He said that there was a simple reason for the recent wave of attacks on Israelis: "The terrorists incite and want to evict us from everywhere," he said. "They don't want us in Jerusalem, not in Tel Aviv and not anywhere."

The prime minister said that he had given orders "to use all the tools at our disposal, to the full extent of the law including the destruction of the houses of terrorists."

He called on all Israelis to unify in contending with the situation. "This is not the time for schismatic talk," Netanyahu said. "The more unified we are the stronger we will be – and that's what Israel needs today."

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also referred to the attack in Tel Aviv, saying that "precisely now, as we talk of a diplomatic process, it is clear that territorial and population swaps must be part of the solution. Us here and them there. The triangle [an Arab-majority area adjacent to the West Bank] must be part of the Palestinian state."

Referring to Israeli Arab MK Haneen Zoabi, who has been suspended from the Knesset plenum for what the majority regards as her incendiary remarks, Lieberman said: "If Zoabi says that the kidnapping of the three youths [in the West Bank last June] is not a terrorist action and she wanders around instead of being behind bars, it encourages terror. She represents terror organizations in the Knesset."

"We need to call on the Arab public to calm things done, rather than incite," Lieberman said. "Everything that we've seen in the last few days is wild incitement by the other side. Incitement that goads actions such as the near lynch of a Jew in Taibe."