Prime Minister Netanyahu used Friday’s attack in Tel Aviv as an opportunity for incitement.
Following Friday's attack in Tel Aviv, which Israeli police suspect was carried out by a Palestinian citizen of Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened Sunday's cabinet meeting with a call for greater law enforcement in “the Arab sector.”
On Friday, two people were shot dead and six others were wounded in a shooting at a crowded pub at 130 Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv.
The police have yet to officially refer to Friday’s shooting as a terrorist attack. Instead, they use the terminology of “shooting incident” since the motivations of the attacker are still unclear.
The suspect was identified as a 29-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel from Arara. He was identified after his father notified the police.
Nertanyahu visited the scene on Saturday and immediately treated the event as a terrorist attack.
“We are aggressively working against incitement, as we did when we outlawed the Islamic Movement's northern branch and the Mourabitoun," Netanyahu said at the crime scene.
“Those who wish to be Israeli should be Israeli all the way, in both rights and duties, and the first and most important duty is to abide by the country's laws,” the Prime Minister added. Netanyahu then demanded Palestinian MKs condemn the attack.
The prime minister concluded: “I am unwilling to accept two states inside Israel: a state ruled by law for most citizens and a state within a state for some citizens in enclaves that have no law enforcement, where there is Islamist incitement and many weapons."
Tel Aviv mayor, Ron Huldai, criticized Netanyahu’s remarks, saying in an interview on Israeli Army Radio that the Prime Minister, “is looking for others to blame in this situation.”
"I felt that he is a person who has no answers, and instead of addressing the nation and telling them that, he lashes out at a different population," Huldai continued.
Despite such criticism, Netanyahu remained committed to invigorating incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel at Sunday’s Cabinet meeting.
“When we established the government, I requested from Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and the police commissioner to make major efforts to change a situation that has existed in the country for close to 70 years: the lack of implementation of the law in the Arab sector,” Netanyahu said.
During the last parliamentary elections Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on his supporters to go vote for him because “Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls” with left-wing groups “busing them out.”