(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a warning to the enemies of the Jewish state amid ongoing demonstrations over his government’s judicial reform plan.
“We are exacting a high price from the regimes that support terrorism, beyond Israel’s borders. I suggest that our enemies not err. Israel’s internal debate will not detract one iota from our determination, strength and ability to act against our enemies on all fronts, wherever and whenever necessary,” Netanyahu said.
The remarks come after three missile strikes against Iranian targets in Syria over a four-day period attributed to Israel, including early Sunday, April 2 in Homs Province.
Netanyahu also discussed domestic counterterrorism efforts, giving his full support to the Israel Police for an incident early Saturday in which a 26-year-old Bedouin man from southern Israel was killed by police after authorities said he snatched an officer’s gun at the Chain Gate entrance to the Temple Mount and managed to fire two bullets.
Israeli Arabs across the country launched a general strike on Sunday in protest against the killing.
The prime minister also offered well wishes to the three soldiers wounded on Saturday night in a car-ramming attack near the village of Beit Ummar, located northwest of Hebron in Judea.
The prime minister touched upon the debate over judicial reform after Saturday night’s mass demonstrations against the proposed legislation in Tel Aviv and across the country—the 13th consecutive week of protests. President Isaac Herzog is holding meetings with Knesset factions to try to hammer out a compromise after Netanyahu announced a pause in the legislative process.
“We are currently in a process of dialogue with the goal of reaching broad consensus. I would like to remind you all that before the elections many of the current opposition leaders supported substantive changes in the judicial system. Therefore, there is a basis here for agreements which should be possible to reach with goodwill in genuine dialogue,” Netanyahu said.