Netanyahu compares Paris blasts to Palestinian attacks

Netanyahu compares Friday’s Paris attacks to Palestinian attacks which contrary to Netanyahu's statement has claimed more Palestinian lives than Israeli ones

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media following the attacks in Paris, at his office in Jerusalem November 14, 2015.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu along with other Israeli politicians on Saturday, compared Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, which were claimed by DAESH and left at least 129 people dead, to Palestinian attacks on Israelis.

Israeli prime minister said that Israel "stands shoulder-to-shoulder with France in this common battle against militant Islamic terrorism, " as he extended his sympathy to the families of the victims.

"As I've said for many years, militant Islamic terrorism attacks our societies because it wants to destroy our civilization and our values," Netanyahu added.

Israeli Daily and the Jerusalem Post quoted Israel's Culture Minister Miri Regev as saying, "France didn't know that in less than a year it would bleed and hurt as we do from the day we were founded, but it apparently did know that the threat of Muslim terror is not only on Israel, but on the whole world."

Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, also expressed his sympathy and stated that the Paris attacks were aimed at "the values of freedom and democracy that we cherish about and fight for."

Their comments come amid a tumultuous month and a half in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, which have seen a wave of killings and arrests of Palestinian civilians by Israeli authorities.

Since October 1, at least 83 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces using live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.

15 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in stabbing or shooting incidents in the same period.

In addition, more than 1,600 Palestinians - almost 60 percent of them are minors - have been detained since the beginning of last month, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club.

A large number of those arrests are for allegedly throwing rocks.

On Nov. 2, Israel passed a new legislation which sentences Palestinian stone-throwers to a minimum sentence of three years and a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment.

Adding that parents of the convicted could also face punishment.

The new legislation is one of a series of measures taken by Israeli authorities aimed to suppress the protests.

The unrest escalated after Israeli forces stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East Jerusalem in September, using teargas to disperse Palestinian worshippers to make way for Israelis wishing to perform Jewish rituals at the site.

The nature of the Palestinian attacks appear to be random and uncoordinated, as Palestinians, having grown frustrated by the lack of a solution to the conflict with Israel, increasingly take the law into their own hands.

Amid the ensuing chaos, many peaceful Palestinian protesters and bystanders have also fallen victim to attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers.

Poll results published by the Israel Democracy Institute have revealed that 53 percent of Israelis surveyed said they support the extrajudicial killings of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks, even after the perceived threat posed by them has been neutralised.

Israel has continuously blamed the unrest on religious incitement via social media, Palestinians have asserted that the unrest is due to the nearly 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory, no prospect of a political solution, a deep sense of frustration and despair, and Israel's continuous building of Jewish-only settlements throughout the West Bank in violation of international law. 

Israeli authorities have justified the killings as “self defence," however, Amnesty International on Oct. 27 said that it had found some of the Palestinian killings were unjustified and that "extreme and unlawful measures" were being used by Israeli forces.

According to Amnesty’s statement, there were at least four cases where Palestinians were purposely shot dead without posing an imminent threat.

In January, Netanyahu related a string of deadly attacks in Paris, including that on the offices of French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, to the rockets fired by Hamas out of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas later said in a statement that it condemned "the desperate attempts by Netanyahu to make a connection between our movement and the resistance of our people on the one hand and global terrorism on the other."

TRTWorld and agencies