Gantz: Palestinians must not only condemn terrorism, but act to thwart attacks

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Wednesday that the Israeli military would continue to operate in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas if the P.A. fails to maintain security there.

“I conveyed this message again today to P.A. leadership: We will not allow armed men who seek to murder Israelis to roam around freely. We will pursue and stop them,” he said. “We demand that the Palestinian Authority not only speak out against terrorism, but also act against it. The spread of weapons and lack of governance are harming both the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority itself,” he added.

Gantz made his comments after attending a situation assessment by the IDF’s Intelligence Division amid a surge in Palestinian terrorist activity and concern that the P.A. is losing control in those parts of Judea and Samaria that are under its security jursidiction.

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