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Israel determined to bring Palestinian teen's killers to justice: Peres

English.news.cn   2014-07-07 02:24:41

SDEROT, Israel, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Sunday his country is determined to go after those responsible for killing a Palestinian teenager, and bring them to justice.

In the southern Israeli town of Sderot, Peres said the police are doing everything in their power to solve this case, and pledged that Israel will not stop until the killers are found, and brought to justice, adding that "there will be no cover-ups."

Peres' comments came as the Israeli Security Agency Shin Bet confirmed the arrest of several Jews suspected of having been involved in the murder of the 15-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir from east Jerusalem's Shuafat neighborhood.

The Israeli Police have not yet determined the motive behind the murder, but it was widely believed that Abu Kjhdeir was killed by Jewish extremists as revenge for the earlier kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens.

The three Jewish teenagers went missing on June 12 in the southern West Bank, and their bodies were found last week. Israel blamed the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas for being behind the incident, which has aroused protests by some right wing Israelis.

Just one day after the funeral of the three Jewish teens on July 1, Khdeir's charred body was discovered in a forest in a suburb of Jerusalem.

Khdeir's murder has fuelled clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli police in east Jerusalem, and violence has been expanded to Arab towns in northern Israel.

Tensions have also been running high along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip where Palestinian militants continued to fire rockets into southern Israel Sunday, prompting the Israeli military to launch air strikes on Gaza in response.

Talking about the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities, Peres said the two sides should seek an agreed deal to resolve their long-running conflict rather than resort to violence. "Anger is not a policy, we have to look for an agreed solution," he said.

Peres said the Israeli government has shown "commendable" restraint in face of continuing rocket attacks from Gaza.

"There is a constant attempt to lower the flames and cool off the raging incitement," he said. "Both the incitement and the rocket attacks must stop."

He said Israel will only stop its attacks on Gaza targets if the rockets on Israel halts.

Peres, who is due to end his seven-year term in late July, also expressed his hope to restart the peace talks between Israel and Palestine on the basis of a two-state solution.

The peace talks were suspended in April when the Fatah and its long-term rival Hamas movement agreed in a surprise reconciliation deal to form a unity government, which the Israelis has refused to work with due to Hamas' hard-line position against the Jewish state.

Editor: yan
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