Netanyahu calls to end Palestinian payments to attacker


Speaking at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu noted that rather than condemn the Palestinians who killed Border Police officer Hadas Malka, PA President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement "issued a statement in which it condemned Border Police officers for killing the terrorists and praised the murderers as heroes".

But Hamas, the Palestinian group that runs the Gaza Strip, dismissed the claim, saying the attackers had come from among its own ranks and those of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The officer, 23-year-old staff sergeant major Hadas Malka, was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died of her wounds.

Israeli soldiers stand guard as Palestinian women walk outside the Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds' Old City on June 18, 2017.

Since October 2015, more than 285 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during - or immediately after - alleged attacks on Israelis or in clashes with Israeli security forces, according to Palestinian figures.

In the wake of the attacks, Israel canceled permits allowing Palestinians to visit their families in Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In response to critics, the British broadcaster compiled an internal report in 2004 over its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The IS's claim of responsibility was reported by the group's Amaq news agency on Friday.

The three men were armed with knives and an automatic weapon and carried out near-simultaneous attacks at two locations. It also mentioned that the two young Palestinians had been jailed in Israeli prisons before.

The prime minister said that security forces were continuing their operations in the district village of Deir Abu Mash'al and were preparing to demolish the homes of the three terrorists, Adel Hasan Ahmad Ankoush, Baraa Ibrahim Salih Taha, and Osama Ahmad Dahdouh. The Israeli military raided the village Saturday, imposing a closure, but officials also said Friday night's attacks were carried out by local individuals without a formal link to any group.

He slammed the Palestinian leadership for not denouncing the attack while condemning Israel for killing the terrorists. At times the attacks were daily occurrences, but they had somewhat subsided in recent months.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks.

Following the deadly attack, Israel immediately ramped up punitive measures, rescinding more than 250,000 permits allowing Palestinians to enter Jerusalem for Ramadan celebrations.