Israel will be here forever and overcome terrorism, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in his address to the Knesset at the opening of its winter session Monday.
“After 100 years of terrorism and 100 years of attempts to destroy the Zionist enterprise, our enemies still have not learned,” he said.
“Suicide terrorism was not victorious over us in the ’90s and ’00s, and the terrorism of knives will not defeat us now. What always wins is the recognition that this is our home and our homeland.”
“Our will to live trumps our enemies’ desire for death. There is no way to stop the Zionist enterprise,” the prime minister added.
Netanyahu said the “courage of our security forces and our citizens, and the mutual responsibility that characterizes our nation” are what will help Israel overcome terrorism, combined with new laws to stiffen penalties for rock – and firebomb-throwers.
The prime minister pointed out that now is far from the first time libels about the Temple Mount were used to provoke violence against Jews, specifically mentioning lies by the former mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini that sparked the 1929 massacres of Jews in Israel.
Netanyahu read from a Wakf Muslim religious trust-published pamphlet from several years prior to the pogrom that says Haram al-Sharif, the Arabic name for the Temple Mount, is “beyond dispute” at the site of King Solomon’s Temple.
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