Netanyahu gets serious about halting wave of violence

Sunday, August 30, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday got serious about stemming a wave of internal violence that has shocked most Israelis.

While overall murder numbers are down slightly in Israel, a string of recent attacks have left many appalled by their brutal nature. Most worrying is that many of the attacks involved youth, while many others were connected to Israel's increasingly bold criminal underworld.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Netanyahu said he is implementing a "zero tolerance" policy toward local violence, both physical and verbal.

Netanyahu's plan includes significantly harsher punishments for the perpetrators of violent crimes, an increased police presence in public areas and greater restrictions on the sale of alcohol.

The prime minister also vowed to do something about the Israeli justice system's "revolving-door policy," noting that violent offenders need to be kept away from the general public, not reintroduced into it at the earliest possible opportunity.

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