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Netanyahu: We arrest our extremists

20 Aug, 2014

Netanyahu tells Blitzer that the difference between Israel and Hamas is that Israel doesn’t glorify extremists, but puts them in jail. On the suspected killers of Palestinian teenager Mohammad Abu Khdeir in an apparent nationalist attack:

We don’t glorify these killers.  We put – we apprehended him in three – three days after the – that tragic killing, immediately put them in custody.  We’re putting them on trial.  They will serve a good chunk of their lives in jail.  That’s what we do with the killers.  We don’t name public squares after them.  We don’t glorify them.

He says that Hamas begins indoctrinating people with extremism from a young age:

We don’t educate our people, our children in suicide kindergarten camps, as happens in the Palestinian side. And you should see what Hamas is educating them to, no peace, no two-state solution, nothing, just jihad, more and more violence, more and more murder, and more and more bloodshed.  This is not our way.  We have – I think a society is tested not by the extreme fringes of that society, but how it takes care of them.  We take care of those extreme fringes.  We basically isolate them and ostracize them and punish them.