Tags: Exclusive Interviews | Israel | Steve Malzberg Show | ofir akunis | benjamin netanyahu | muder | palestinian

Netanyahu Deputy: 'We Don't Know' Why Palestinian Boy Was Killed

Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014 07:34 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Ofir Akunis, deputy minister for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and member of the Knesset, says it is too early to determine whether the murder of a Palestinian boy was in retaliation for the recent deaths of three Israeli teens.

"We don't know what happened yet. It will not be a good idea to jump into conclusions,'' Akunis told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV Wednesday.

Story continues below video.

Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223
Get Newsmax TV on your cable system – Click Here Now

"Of course, the state of Israel condemned every terror and every violence in our region. Israel is very sad these days and grieving the three boys…. They were murdered by Hamas terrorists. That we know for sure.''

Akusnis said while Israeli police have launched an intensive probe of the crimes, "We cannot say you know, that [the Palestinian boy] was murdered by settlers or Israelis. We cannot say. We don't know the facts.''

His comments came after media reports that the Palestinian boy's death was an act of revenge following the murders of three kidnapped Israeli boys, one whom had a dual U.S. citizenship.

Akunis said it is important that there is not a rush to judgment.

"We are a state of law. This is the state of Israel with full civil rights to everybody,'' he said.

"To Arabs, Israelis, and we don't know what happened this morning in Jerusalem and my suggestion is not jumping to conclusions and into announcements.''

He added that Israel is ready to do "whatever is necessary'' to protect its citizens.

"We should do it, we must do it…. It's about Israel's existence,'' he said.

Akunis also urged the United States to reevaluate any support of the Hamas, which has been deemed a terrorist organization.

"Everybody needs to understand who Hamas is. The charter of Hamas is to ruin the state of Israel…. They want to do it by jihad. This is in their charter. They are a terror organization,'' he said.

"It was a mistake to announce immediately that it will be fine to continue to work with this government. It can be changed … [and I] hope that they will do it because it was a mistake.

"We will not negotiate with them. It's like America will not negotiate with the government that is al-Qaida supporters inside the government.''

Akunis also called ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which is currently taking over city after city in Iraq — a "direct threat" to the Middle East and the world.

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rep. Marsha Blackburn: How I Plan to Repeal Obamacare

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 11:49 AM

Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn has introduced a measure in the House designed to repeal Obamacare. . . .

Grover Norquist: Entitlement Reform Key to US Solvency

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 11:16 AM

"The Obama administration has spent six years telling us they'd like to do entitlement reform, but they've never put any . . .

Kerik, Harvey: Obama 'In Denial' on Iran, Taliban, Islamic Terror

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 10:27 AM

The Obama administration refuses "to define the (Islamic terror) threat and importantly, it seems that they don't unders . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved