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Mob violence a bigger threat to Israel than Gaza, says Netanyahu

Added 05-13-21 02:09:01pm EST - “PM's position echoed by president Reuvin Rivlin, who said a civil war would be ?a danger to our existence'” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Mob violence a bigger threat to Israel than Gaza, says Netanyahu”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

PM’s position echoed by president Reuvin Rivlin, who said a civil war would be ‘a danger to our existence’

Israel’s political leaders have said violent street clashes between Jews and Arabs inside the country pose a bigger threat than the escalating military conflict with Gaza.

The country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visited the town of Lod, where there has been rioting, burning of cars, destruction of property and violent attacks on individuals.

“We have no bigger threat now than these pogroms, and we have no choice but to restore law and order via determined use of force,” he said. In an earlier statement he said the country was fighting a battle “on two fronts”.

Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, said “a civil war [would] be a danger to our existence, more than all the dangers we have from the outside.”

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