Tel Aviv shooting: Netanyahu warns Israel’s Muslim citizens to integrate in Israeli society

, 7:36 PM IST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has visited the site of Friday’s attack on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street and said security will be tightened in Israeli Arab areas. He also said that  Israel cannot allow pockets of the country to have lax gun law enforcement.

Police suspected 29-year-old Israeli Arab Nashat Milhem, Who has stolen the gun from his father, who works in security. The father recognised his son from media reports and contacted the police.

However  his motive for shooting is not known. The Friday’s shootings follow a wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis over the past few months.

Two people were killed and seven others were wounded in the shooting. The funerals for the two victims taken place on Sunday.

Netanyahu called Israel’s Muslim citizens to integrate in Israeli society. “Whoever wants to be Israeli must be Israeli all the way,” he said.

“I will not accept two states within Israel, Israel cannot be a lawful state for some and lawless for others, where “there are enclaves without law enforcement, with Islamist propaganda, with plenty of weapons often fired during wedding celebrations, with constant crime.”

He said he would focus to build new police stations and recruit more police officers, “bolster law enforcement efforts in the Negev, the Galilee, the Triangle, everywhere”.

At least 21 Israelis and 131 Palestinians had been killed in the recent violence, most of them in stabbings and shooting and others have been killed in clashes with Israeli forces.