Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.
(JNS.org) Amid continuing riots in eastern Jerusalem and in Israeli Arab towns, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israeli Arabs who enjoy the benefits of Israeli citizenship “can’t have it both ways.”
“They can’t enjoy National Insurance stipends and child allowances while simultaneously violating the most basic laws of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said at his weekly cabinet meeting, according to Israel Hayom. “I call on the leaders of the Arab community to act responsibly and stand up to this outpouring of violence and restore calm. Anyone who fails to respect the law will be arrested and punished severely.”
The riots were sparked by the death of Arab teen Mohammad Abu Khudair, whose charred body was found in the Jerusalem area last week. Believing that Jews had abducted Khudair and subsequently murdered him in revenge for the murder of three Jewish teenagers, Palestinian rioters clashed with Israeli police and vandalized property throughout the weekend and into Sunday. Police are investigating the murder, and it is not yet clear who committed the crime.