Netanyahu Vows ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Terror

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a harsh warning to terrorists on Sunday, after multiple attacks over the weekend – including two stabbings and an arson attack on a gas station. 

"I would like to congratulate the soldiers and Border Policemen on their determined action this weekend which halted several terrorist acts. Our policy is zero tolerance for terrorism. Those who try to harm us – we will hurt them," Netanyahu said.

The prime minister also referred to the consortium on natural gas production in the Mediterranean Sea, the framework agreement for which is due to be submitted Sunday afternoon. 

"The decision we will pass today is no less than historic," Netanyahu said. "This decision will give the country's citizens, [and] the state treasury, hundreds of billions. This money will go in favor of education, health, welfare and other national needs." 

The prime minister praised Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) for his work on the framework agreement.

"I want to commend the work done by Steinitz's team, which brought a very significant reduction in price the state will pay for gas and other changes," he said. "I believe that we will pass the resolution by a large majority, rightly."

Addressing leftist opposition to the deal, he added, "I'm not impressed by populism – this all is just populism in my eyes, even though people could possibly believe what they say, but the country needs gas." 

"An objective investigation will prove this agreement is a significant improvement over the current situation," he said. "But you have to understand one more thing: you cannot stop it. When something is right it should be done, and it is so crucial to Israel's economy and strategic situation of Israel that it will not be stopped. Looking for another way to delay, another excuse, another reason – that's not going to help."

Noble and Delek have since 2013 produced gas from the Tamar field off the Israeli coast. They have also teamed up to develop the offshore Leviathan field, considered the largest in the Mediterranean.

The negotiations have been controversial in Israel, with critics fearing regulations would overly favor the companies involved.

In May, antitrust commissioner David Gilo said he was resigning over his opposition to the dominant position of Noble and Delek in the Leviathan and Tamar fields.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/199513

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