Israel will act aggressively to preserve security: PM

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a Likud party meeting at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

JERUSALEM | Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:55pm EDT

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel will act aggressively and responsibly to preserve quiet and security after violence with Palestinians escalated over the past week.

“Israel will act aggressively, responsibly and wisely to preserve the quiet and security that prevailed here over the past two years,” Netanyahu said before boarding a plane to Moscow where he will meet Russian leaders.

Violence along the Gaza border has spiked in recent days and a bombing attack on Wednesday in Jerusalem that Israeli police blamed on Palestinian militants killed one woman and injured at least 30 other people.

(Writing by Ari Rabinovitch)

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