Israeli PM says Palestinian security forces have 'complete freedom of action'

Israeli PM says Palestinian security forces have 'complete freedom of action'

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at a news conference on the Israeli Defense Force base in Beit El in the West Bank on April 5, 2022, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. MAYA ALLERUZZO AP JERUSALEM RAMALLAH Israeli security forces were given a free hand to fight deadly attacks by Palestinian militants, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Friday after a deadly shooting that killed two people in Tel Aviv.

The Defense Minister Benny Gantz and the Minister of Public Security Omer Bar-Lev said in a press conference that our security forces have complete freedom of action and there will be no limitations in this war.

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The press conference took place shortly after the assailant was found and killed by Israeli security forces south of Tel Aviv.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killing of Israelis and Palestinians, saying the cycle of violence would only escalate the tension between Palestinians and Israelis.

The shooting on Thursday was the fourth in a wave of attacks against Israelis in recent weeks that killed 13 people in total.

This is a difficult and challenging period, according to Bennett. It may also be extended. The rise in tensions comes at a sensitive time as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began earlier this week and the Jewish holiday of Passover will begin next week.

Thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank are expected to enter Jerusalem on Friday for the first Friday prayer of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Israel controls the entrance to Jerusalem and the holy sites in the historic city. Israel restricts access to prayers at mosque during heightened security tensions. Israeli security forces haven't announced their intention to impose restrictions this year.

After Thursday's shooting of the two people in Tel Aviv, President Abbas said in a press statement: Killing Israelis and Palestinians is condemned and will only lead to more deterioration and tension. The president said that the Israelis stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem and the provocative actions of the Israeli settlers against the Palestinians are dangerous.

He said that the cycle of violence confirms that peace is the shortest and sound way to provide security and stability for Palestinians, Israelis and the region.