MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home), a resident of Kedumim in Samaria, said Tuesday following the terror wave in the Binyamin region that his party has the right to threaten a coalition crisis if the government does not start getting tougher on terror.
"If [Kadima Chairman Moshe] Kahlon and [Shas Chairman Aryeh] Deri have the right to create a coalition crisis because they fear the public response over the gas framework, the Jewish Home can and must do the same because of the neglect of security and the damage to the settlement enterprise,” he argued.
"Regarding the recent terror attacks,” he said, “the writing was on the wall in large letters once the Defense Minister issued 'gestures' for the Palestinians for the month of Ramadan. We sit in the government and as such we share the responsibility, and therefore, we cannot sit quietly.”
The Jewish Home, he demanded, “must demand the cancellation of the gestures and adoption of an iron fist policy toward terror and its environment.”
"In addition, and as a practical and measurable demand, we must insist that the zoning plan at the community of Shvut Rachel, next to the terror attack, be approved immediately, and that the zone of jurisdiction of the Shilo Valley communities be mapped out. We must demand this and announce that we will not vote with the Coalition until the necessary steps are taken,” the freshman MK argued.
MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home), who lives in Dolev, in Binyamin, visited the wounded victims of Monday's terror attack at the hospital. “I was at the hospital bedside of the seriously wounded victim, Malachi Rosenfeld, tonight, and I prayed for his recovery along with his family members,” Yogev said Monday.
He added: "The defense establishment has to reassess the situation and ask itself – what will increase security and bring back deterrence. These terror acts will only stop if we use an iron fist against the terrorists, their families, their organizations and their homes. It is unacceptable that while we give the Palestinians gestures for their holiday, they use them for murdering Jews.”