Itongadol.- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu directed the relevant authorities on Sunday to weigh the possibilities of outlawing the Islamic Movement\’s Northern Branch, following Friday\’s protest in Umm el-Fahm where there were calls to kidnap IDF soldiers.
Netanyahu orders state agencies to probe ban of Islamic Movement
Netanyahu, speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, said that Israeli citizens cannot accept these types of “infuriating” calls. “IDF soldiers protect all of us,” he said, adding that in many cases the Islamic Movement\’s Northern Branch, led by Sheikh Raed Saleh, is the group standing behind these types of protest and calls.
This group, Netanyahu said, “continuously preaches against the State of Israel, and its people publicly identify with terrorist organizations, such as Hamas.”
Declaring the group an illegal organization, he said, would give the security forces significant tools to use in the struggle against the group.
Netanyahu said that most of the Israeli Arab public does not identify with the calls that were heard at the weekend\’s protest, and he called upon their leadership to show courage and condemn the remarks.
Turning to the situation in the south, where the IDF struck a number of targets over the weekend in response to rocket fire on Israel, Netanyahu said the IDF was prepared to widen its operation against rocket fire if needed.
He added that since the establishment of a Fatah-Hamas unity government, the Palestinian Authority is for all practical purposes responsible for preventing firing from its territory onto Israel. Netanyahu further said that with the weekend publication of the names of the Hamas men suspected of kidnapping Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel, it is clear that if PA President Mahmoud Abbas wants to move the diplomatic process forward, he needs to dissolve his pact with Hamas.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman praised Netanyahu for his remarks, adding that the premier was now adopting Yisrael Beiteinu\’s platform, which includes "determined and thorough handling of the radicalization of the Israeli Arab leadership."
Liberman said that the Israeli government has the legal tools to "immediately and efficiently" prosecute Israeli Arab leaders who call for more abductions.
"We must make clear that Israeli society won\’t tolerate this kind of incitement within its midst," Liberman said.