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Israel PM vows no let-up after deadly West Bank raid
Published Sunday 23/03/2014 (updated) 25/03/2014 12:08
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly
cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, on March 23, 2014
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday that the army would use force against anybody plotting attacks against Israel, after troops killed three Palestinians in a West Bank raid.

"Over the weekend, our forces struck at a terrorist who had organized attacks on Israelis and was also planning attacks on innocent civilians," Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting.

"Our policy is to attack those who attack us and who are planning to attack us," his office quoted him as saying. "Both were applicable in this case."

Israeli troops entered the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank on Saturday in what the army said was an operation to capture wanted Hamas militant Hamza Abu al-Haija, 22.

Clashes broke out resulting in the deaths of Abu al-Haija, 17-year-old Mahmoud Abu Zeina of Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades, and 22-year-old Yazan Mahmoud Basim Jabarin of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades.

Palestinians called a day of mourning and a general strike.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades issued a rare joint statement vowing revenge and accusing Abbas' Palestinian Authority of complicity in the killings through its security cooperation with Israel.

But Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner defended the operation, saying that Abu Alheja was "a ticking bomb" who took part in shooting attacks and was in "advanced stages of the preparation of further attacks."

The army has killed 60 Palestinians since peace talks began in July.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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1 ) Mel / USA
23/03/2014 17:24
Oh plug it Bibi.Your Scaremonger-in-Chief greasy-scripted hasbara is running SO DRY it's practically burnt bacon or Beef Jerky! For a slimeball,racist thug,who LIVES by amoral,sociopathic violence against relatively defenceless civilians,& 'happily'drops 1 TON bombs,epileptiform gas(mint-flavored),DIME weps,&phosphorous on trapped CHILDREN&ELDERLY in Gaza & seeks destruction of ALL Palestine in ole'Nazi boy fashion,you're a DISGRACE to the 6 MILLION!Go back in your hole with the TROLLS!

2 ) Simple / Choice
23/03/2014 22:06
Terrorists should be jailed or killed - there is no other viable alternative.

3 ) Two / Reasons
23/03/2014 22:37
-1- The Only Reason that the West Bank raid was deadly is because Islamic militants were forced to choose between being arrested or fighting, and -2- The Only Reason that the Islamic militants were being arrested at all is because they would soon be murdering or terrorizing civilians, if the army didn't show-up to end the freedom to do so !!!!

4 ) End Apartheid / in occupied Palestine
24/03/2014 00:41
Look at the empty , dumb look on this heathens evil sour puss... look at the mess this Apartheid state has been since its false conception. .. Look at it, study the history of it .. my contribution to peace, is to see this mess cleaned up !!! AT THEIR COST, YES AT THEIR COST...

5 ) Johnny benson / USA
24/03/2014 02:21
There you go with the nazi crap...why can't your pea brain ever form an argument wothout pulling the nazi junk...I am amazed that you even care on out the 6 million...or admit they existed...Israel is a tribute to those poor souls...and her strength and your dead terrorists is the reason it won't happen again...

6 ) Maureen / Australia
24/03/2014 20:54
#Johnny Benson What did "Israel" care about the Jews who were fleeing Hitler and were turned away from Palestine by revisionist Zionists?

7 ) Chimo / USA
25/03/2014 04:41
Maureen, the crack pipe is calling you!!! The Jews fleeing Hitler were not turned back by Zionists, but by the Nazi allied muslim followers of the satanic mufti of Jerusalem and the British. This conversation is for adults Maureen, not Aussie dolts who deliberately lie and fabricate history like you.

8 ) Robert / US
26/03/2014 02:05
#7 lets direct our attention to the Bolsheviks that killed 60 million Christians , thats why Hitler did what he did ... he saw what was going on .. OPEN UP THE ANNUNALS OF WW1 & 11.... I CHALLENGE THE IDEA ... I BET MY LIFE ON IT..
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