Rightist MKs: Netanyahu's Surrender to Hamas Will Bring Wave of Terror

MKs blast Israel's 'generosity' in Shalit deal, say stabbing in Jerusalem and suspected arson in northern Israel were direct results of the swap.

Israeli right-wing political parties said on Saturday that the stabbing in Jerusalem, as well as the suspected arson in the northern Israel and the attempted terrorist attack last week in Gush Etzion were all the result of Israel's "surrender" to Hamas, which saw the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners in return for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

Likud MK Danny Danon said on Sunday that the stabbing which took place in northern Jerusalem "is an example of the Palestinians' culture or terrorism. The terrorist should be found and his house demolished; only aggressive action will prevent such events in the future."

MK Michael Ben-Ari
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Danon added that "after the generosity (Israel showed) in the Shalit deal, it is time for firmness in uprooting terrorism. I have asked the prime minister to act and demolish the homes of terrorists."

MK Aryeh Eldad from the National Union-National Religious Party said that "we are witnessing a new wave of terrorism, encouraged by the release of the hundreds of the murderous terrorists." He went on to say that rehabilitating Israel's power of deterrence against Hamas, along with killing its leadership in Gaza - including military leader Ahmed Jabri who held Gilad Shalit – is the only way "to deflect the expected wave or terrorism and save human lives."

MKs Yaakov Katz and Uri Ariel from the National Union Party released a joint statement, saying the stabbing in Jerusalem and the attempted attack last week in Gush Etzion, as well as the suspected arson in northern Israel, "signal the upcoming wave of terrorism following Netanyahu's shameful surrender to Hamas."

MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union) said that "the Israeli government gave the terrorists a license to kill… from now on every terrorist knows that the punishment for murdering a Jew will be similar to the punishment for car theft, with an addition of a five-star conditions in prison and five-star conditions upon release."