Speaker of the Knesset, Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, responded to a request from MK Hanna Swaid (Hadash) to make an exception to the planned agenda, in order to dedicate time to the price tag attack in Abu Ghosh. This came after many of the MKs dedicated their one minute speeches to the topic.
Swaid said: ”Writing `assimilation or racism` revealed the true will of the perpetrators to carry out acts of vandalous terrorism in the name of Judaism. The indecision on whether to call this terror will encourage the group to continue with their actions. Discerning between illegal networks and terrorism is partly racist. We must call a spade a spade.” MK Swaid expressed bewilderment as to how it makes sense that an organization such as the Knesset works day and night, but cannot find a way to stop the attacks. He called upon the Minister of Internal Security to work to punish the perpetrators, utilizing the same level of wisdom and precision used to find organizations in Gaza.
Swaid reflected positively upon the response of the residents of the village, which, he contended, revealed high levels of tolerance, co-existence and adherence to civil rights values.
Edelstein said: ”It`s important to say again that a large number of MKs have spoken about the topic in their speeches. We all hope that the guilty parties are found and brought to justice. It`s important to recognize that the condemnations came from across the political spectrum. It`s also important to note that in his conversation with me, the mayor of Abu Ghosh provided an example for all of us when he said that no one is able to harm co-existence and our being faithful citizens of Israel.”
”This is the most difficult incident, but not the only one. With the same passion we must condemn the publication of pictures of one of our members who is the son of a holocaust survivor in an S.S. uniform as well as a picture whose goal was to encourage the public to shoot one of the charedi MKs. As a group, we must be an example, to argue, disagree and confront without crossing the lines of incitement, personal attack or calls for violence.”
Minister of Internal Security, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, mentioned the price tag attacks while answering another question: ”This is a criminal act, which is very serious and is not the first time that it has happened. There are police records, charges and arrests, but the phenomenon is serious. The investigation is going strong and I hope that there will be developments. Several months ago, we established a special unit with 80 police in order to take care of the issue. As a member of the cabinet on government decisions regarding illegal organizations, it`s important for the state to send a message. I think that they are terrorists in every way. I have said this everywhere and I will continue to defend my opinion. The government decision is important because it will give tools for enforcing the law. Either way we must continue to attack and attempt to rout these dangerous instances. Not what was written, but its message and its visibility could lead to terrible events and even to a religious war. The words of the Council Chair and his behavior are very important. The police have made this their highest priority. This is likely to not end well, every day with these types of incidents will only add to the problem. We must all work to deter them.”
Minister of Economics, Naftali Bennett: ”Every price tag attack is immoral and not Jewish. A small group that we can`t get our hands on is trying to ignite the Middle East and to hurt our efforts to come closer and to create good neighborly relations with the Arabs here. The cabinet gave powerful, far-reaching tools to the security forces, upon their request, to aggressively solve the problem. I call upon the security forces; capture them as fast as possible. This is a bad thing for the state. Even according to my approach, we disagree politically on the future of Judea and Samaria, the greatest threat to the future of settlements in Judea and Samaria is price tag attacks.”