Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – facing increasing pressure from the public over his handling of a wave of Palestinian attacks – said Tuesday that his government is working on a series of “aggressive steps” to combat the crisis.
Netanyahu left a gathering of senior security officials to give the speech to parliament, then returned to the security discussions.
“We will use and not hesitate to use all means at our disposal to restore calm,” he said. “I’m sure the steps we will take will let the other side know that terror doesn’t pay.”
The comments come as Netanyahu is seeing his support fading with the public. An opinion poll released this week showed that more than 70 percent of Israel is dissatisfied with his handling of the attacks, according to The Associated Press. Some eight Israelis and 27 Palestinians have died in a month of Israeli-Palestinian unrest.
Earlier Tuesday, Israeli police said a Jewish Israeli man stabbed another Jewish man in a suspected failed revenge attack.
A police spokesman initially called the stabbing a criminally motivated attack. Later, police said they concluded the man was hoping to stab an Arab in revenge for the wave of violent attacks against Jews that has spread across Israel.
However, he attacked another Israeli Jew whom he thought was an Arab because of his Middle Eastern appearance.
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