Netanyahu: Duma attackers don’t represent religious Zionism

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly government meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, December 27, 2015 (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)
But prime minister maintains there is no comparison between Jewish and Palestinian terrorism

By Times of Israel staff

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended religious Zionism from mounting criticism, saying right-wing extremists allegedly behind the Duma terror attack, and those filmed celebrating the murder of the Palestinian family in a recently broadcast video, are fringe radicals who don’t represent the majority.

Netanyahu had on Wednesday denounced a “shocking” video clip showing far-right extremists celebrating the killings of the Dawabsha family in a July firebombing attack on their home, joining dozens of other politicians and public figures coming out against the taped incident.

He renewed his criticism of religious right-wing radicals, however, at Sunday’s cabinet meeting, saying those filmed were “extreme and marginal, and certainly don’t represent religious Zionism.”

He said he wanted to emphasize that religious nationalist Jews were dedicated supporters of the state and contributed to its security by serving in the IDF and its elite units.

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