(Communicated by the Bureau of Deputy Foreign Minister)
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon spoke today (18 March) during a press conference in Netiv Ha’asara, near the spot where a foreign worker was killed by a Kassam rocket launched from the Gaza Strip earlier in the day.
"This is one rocket out of 12,000 that the citizens of Israel have endured in recent years," the Deputy Foreign Minister said."The responsibility for this attack rests with Hamas."
The Deputy Foreign placed today’s events in context, especially regarding the recent riots and incitement directed against Israel. "While Israel continues to extend its hand in peace, the other side not only refuses to come to the negotiating table, but continues to incite recklessly against Israel," Ayalon said. "Israel still seeks peace and calls for negotiations with the Palestinian Authority without preconditions, however, the incitement must end."
The Deputy Foreign Minister gave the example of how the Palestinian Authority recently decided to honor Dalal Mughrabi, the leader of the deadliest terrorist attack in Israel, by naming a square in Ramallah after her.
Ayalon also addressed the Goldstone Report in relation to today’s deadly attack. "The Goldstone Report provides legitimacy and propulsion for terrorism and is immoral and unprofessional. With or without the report, Israel will continue to defend its citizens," Ayalon said.
"I call on those who voted for the Goldstone Report to come and see the consequences," added the Deputy Foreign Minister.