Netanyahu: All Lines Were Crossed When Israeli Citizens Attacked IDF Soldiers

PM says will use 'all of his power' to stem violence by right-wing extremists; Livni: Government shares responsibility for attack on IDF base.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the attack by right-wing extremists on an IDF base in the West Bank has "crossed all the lines," and that he intends to establish a special task force to tackle the growing phenomenon.

"I intend to fight with all my power as the prime minister of Israel," he said. "I met today with the head of the Shin Bet security service, the chief of police and the IDF chief of staff, and I've asked the defense minister to prepare this week a plan to take care of the rioters."


Earlier on Tuesday, Netanyahu said the situation is "intolerable," adding that "we must take care of these rioters with a firm hand. We will not tolerate a situation in which IDF officers and soldiers are attacked and distracted from protecting Israeli citizens."

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) harshly condemned the attack on Tuesday, adding that anyone who commits acts of violence against IDF soldiers does so due to the current climate in the Knesset.

In a statement, Livni claimed that the current government is partner to a wave of legislation that must be stopped, and that the latest incidents of right-wing violence are not random, but rather constitute a struggle over Zionism and over the character of Israel.

Livni also spoke directly to Netanyahu, saying that the prime minister treats the incidents as matters of law enforcement rather than ideology, because he feels uncomfortable confronting his natural allies.

Early Tuesday morning, some 50 settlers and right-wing activists entered a West Bank military base and threw rocks, burned tires, and vandalized military vehicles. An IDF officer was lightly wounded as a result of the rock-throwing.

In addition to the attack on the IDF base, right-wing activists blocked a main West Bank road and threw stones at passing Palestinian vehicles and IDF soldiers in the area.

Around 100 right-wing activists and settlers came to the area of the base before 50 of them entered the base, according to the IDF spokesman. The youths were repelled by security forces. No arrests were made.