‘This is not an intifada; it’s jihad’

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) spoke at the Sderot conference Wednesday, calling for the government to take further steps against terror.

“As a government minister and member of the security cabinet I am participating in all hearings [on the subject], and I am working to influence and advance my views regarding the manner,” Katz stated.

Katz opined that the recent terror wave reflects Islamic State (ISIS)’s influence.

”The young Arab who blindly stabs [Israelis] are twins of the young British citizens traveling to Syria in order to join ISIS,” he said. “Young Arabs who use knives are clones of young Europeans and Arabs who fight in Syria and Iraq, and terrorists in Europe.”

”They use similar methods and the message is the same: incitement on social networks and the desire to impose radical Islam and to destroy Western civilization,” he added.

“We cannot fight the wars of yesterday,” Katz continued. “This is not an intifada – this jihad, jihad and the necessary steps must be taken accordingly. Blacklisting the northern branch of the Islamic Movement is the first step in the right direction.”

“We must send a heavy hand against all incitement and terrorism – even if all the Arab public will have to pay the price,” he stressed, noting that both the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas are using the wave of violence not only to incite, but to achieve their own goals.

“We must put them into the recycling bin of history,” he declared. “We are here to win, to continue the Zionist enterprise and strengthen and develop the state of Israel.”