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Aug 2, 5:28 AM EDT

Israeli premier vows 'zero tolerance' for Jewish extremists

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his government will have "zero tolerance" for Jewish extremists.

At his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu said Israel was united against "the criminals among our people" following a pair of attacks that shocked the country. On Friday, suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Palestinian home in the West Bank and burned a toddler to death. On Thursday, an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed revelers at a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem.

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets over the weekend to protest the attacks and warn against a radicalized and violent fringe growing from within the country's religious community.

Netanyahu says Israel is determined to fight "hate, fanaticism and terrorism from whatever side."

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