Netanyahu: Israel ‘in fight to death against Palestinian terror’

PM orders speedy demolition of militants’ homes; Islamic Jihad warns of new attacks


Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahNetanyahuu said Sunday Israel was “waging a fight to the death against Palestinian terror”, and ordered tough new measures after the killing of two Israelis in Jerusalem.


“These steps include, among others, speeded up demolition of terrorists’ homes,” he said in a video address carried by Israel’s news site Ynet.


Netanyahu said he has also instructed to step up administrative detentions, deploy more forces in Jerusalem and in the West Bank and to remove agitators from Jerusalem’s Old City and Temple Mount.


“We’re running an all-out war against Palestinian terrorism,” Netanyahu said in a statement after the meeting.


“I’ve instructed further measures to prevent terror and deter and punish the terrorists,” he said.


The meeting was held shortly after Netanyahu returned to Israel from the UN General Assembly in New York.


The four-hour-long discussion was attended by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and Shin Bet Chief Yoram Cohen.


More attacks


The Palestinian Islamic Jihad on Sunday released a propaganda video threatening to infiltrate Israel with a group of fighters and carry out attacks.


The video, posted on YouTube, shows terrorists of the group’s military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, preparing explosive belts and recording final messages, before donning Israeli military uniforms and heading to a bus stop to enter Israel in disguise.


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