Bennett: Israel 'on the offensive,' acting against enemies near and far

During weekly cabinet meeting, PM says IDF and security agencies have a free hand to uproot terror wherever it is; condemns vandalism at the Joseph's Tomb compound in Nablus, promising perpetrators will be apprehended

Einav Halabi|
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that Israel was operating against enemies near or far in the wake of the recent terror wave and has moved on "to the offensive".
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  • A total of 14 people have been killed in attacks in Israel since the start of the latest terror wave on March 22, the latest of which occurred on Thursday when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire at a group of people sitting at a bar in central Tel Aviv.
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    פעילות כוחות הביטחון בג'נין וטול כרם
    IDF troops arrest terror suspects in the West Bank on Sunday
    (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Bennett praised IDF forces who earlier made the arrest of 15 terror operatives during the second raid in the Jenin area in as many days.
    "We operated in Jenin, where the terrorist who carried out the attack on Tel Aviv had resided," Bennett said. "We are also acting in other enemy arenas, some near and some far.
    "Israel is on the offensive and the IDF has a free hand, along with other security agencies, in the fight against terror," he said.
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    נפתלי בנט בביקור הפצועים מהפיגוע בדיזנגוף
    Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visiting one of the injured in Thursday's terror attack in Tel Aviv late last week
    Bennett also condemned vandalism at the Joseph's Tomb compound in Nablus - one of the holiest site for Jews.
    "Palestinians vandalized Joseph's Tomb overnight for the purpose of desecration of a site considered holy for Jews," Bennett said.
    "They broke the tombstone and set fire to chambers inside the compound. I was shocked to see the pictures. We will not remain silent after such an act on the eve of the Passover holiday, and will locate the perpetrators. We will also rebuild whatever was destroyed as we always do," he said.
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    קבר יוסף לאחר האירוע
    Vandalism and fire at "Joseph's Tomb" in Nablus
    The prime minister also addressed the terror attack in Tel Aviv. "On behalf of all the ministers and on behalf of all the citizens of Israel, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families," said Bennett, while appealing to the families of three men who were killed in the shooting attack.
    Bennett on Friday visited the four people hospitalized at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) having been wounded in the shooting. He said they told him to "do whatever it takes to win. Indeed, the State of Israel will do whatever it takes to overcome terrorism."
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