In an attempt to deal with the terror wave that broke out about two months ago, Katz, a member of the diplomatic-security Cabinet, proposes that a total closure be imposed on the Palestinian territories where the terror attacks originate. Katz says that the day that portable concrete barriers were erected in
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Katz: I have been promoting this scheme for years, ever since the disengagement [from
Katz: No. What I’m saying is that we must discuss this all the time. It is part of the discourse. It should not be axiomatic that we must act in accordance with methods that were appropriate in the first and second intifadas, when we faced [terror] organizations. Now we see a phenomenon connected to the [social] networks and incitement, and a global phenomenon of radical Islam involving copycat attacks. You need to develop all kinds of sophisticated methods to deal with this, and we do that all the time. But at the end of the day, you reach a point where you say to [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas that when all’s said and done, you [Abbas] don’t want the [Palestinian] Authority to collapse and neither do we.
Katz: That is connected to coalition arithmetic. I don’t think that Netanyahu now thinks that he needs [head of the Zionist Camp Isaac] Buji Herzog for worldwide legitimacy. When there are terror attacks [around the globe], the world understands us better. Recently, I attended a meeting with Greece’s Prime Minister [Alexis Tsipras], who is viewed as a socialist bordering on communist, after he was re-elected a second time. He spoke about refugees and fences and sounded like a true [right-wing] Likud member. He said to us, "I understand that you worried about changes in Greek policy due to my rise to power, so I would like to inform you that there will, indeed, be a change, because relations [between the two countries] will be much better." We hear similar statements from more countries. Therefore, the American administration has minimal desire to confront us, because, ultimately, we are the most stable ally in the region, and cooperation with us is more vital than ever. In addition, the [Americans] don’t see that President Abbas is capable of rising, or wants to rise, above the current radical wave [of terror].