''I will continue to make every effort to restore calm,'' says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in regards to the recent attacks on Israelis. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the Jewish Federations of North America, Tuesday (November 11), about Israel's strong friendship with the United States, as well as the recent attacks in Israel. Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian during clashes on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, a day after Palestinian assailants fatally stabbed an Israeli soldier and a woman in attacks that raised fears of a new uprising. "These attacks have been accompanied by a systemic campaign of incitement, including libels about Israel trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount. And even wild allegations that we are planning to destroy Muslim holy sites. These are false accusations. They're absolute fabrications," Netanyahu said. "I will continue to make every effort to restore calm. To restore quiet and security, so that all may enjoy the religious freedom guaranteed by Israeli law," he said. Netanyahu had previously said Israel would seek to crush the spiraling violence by meting out stiffer punishments, deploying more forces and destroying assailants' homes. The military said soldiers killed a 21-year-old Palestinian man at a refugee camp after coming under attack by a crowd hurling petrol bombs and stones. Residents said he was on his roof, away from the clashes when he was shot. Confrontations also erupted in at least two other West Bank areas, where the army said soldiers shot and wounded two Palestinians.