Lapid: Israel Dealing with 'Beastly People'Finance Minister responds to the abduction and murder of 20-year-old soldier Tomer Hazan by a PA Arab terrorist. By Elad Benari First Publish: 9/22/2013, 4:18 AM
Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) responded on Saturday night to the abduction and murder of 20-year-old soldier Tomer Hazan at the hands of a Palestinian Authority Arab.
"The murder of soldier Tomer Hazan z"l is a terrible reminder that Israel deals daily with the murderous terrorism of beastly people," said Lapid.
"We must not leave the security of Israel to anyone except ourselves," he added.
Hazan was abducted Friday and murdered in Samaria by Nadal Amar, an Arab terrorist from the village of Bayt Amin, near Kalkilya. Amar, who worked at a restaurant in Bat Yam with Hazan, had somehow convinced Hazan to take a cab with him to Samaria, where he proceeded to murder him and dispose of his body.
Early morning Saturday, IDF forces, together with Yamam special police and Shin Bet, raided the home of Amar's family and arrested him, together with another brother. Nadal Amar confessed under interrogation that he persuaded the soldier to come to his village and murdered him.
Following his confession, Amar led security forces to the body. It is believed Amar may have planned to demand that Israel release his brother, a Fatah terrorist who has been imprisoned for a decade, in exchange for Hazan's body.
Economy Minister and Bayit Yehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett said Saturday evening that Hazan's murder "reminds us who our partners are," referring to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas who heads the Fatah faction.
"One does not make peace with terrorists who throw the bodies of soldiers into a pit. Rather, one fights them without mercy," Bennett stated.
Bennet Seeks Steps in Response to Shooting
Minister Naftali Bennett asked Cabinet Secretary Avi Mandelblit, Sunday evening, to approve, immediately, the entry of Jews who bought apartments in Beit Hamachpelah, next to the Me'arat Hamachpelah Cave of the Patriarchs. Responding to the critical wounding of an Israeli soldier in the city, he said, "We know how to build and settle, not to kill. This is the appropriate Zionist response."
In a letter to members of the diplomatic-security cabinet, Bennett demanded a renewed discussion on the release of terrorists. Responding to Sunday's shooting and the weekend murder of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Sergeant Tomer Hazan, he wrote, "Under the cover of celebrations of negotiations, the Sukkot [Tabernacles] festival has become one of blood and IDF casualties. Since the release of terrorists was define at the outset as dependent on negotiations, there is no doubt that there are, unfortunately, developments since the beginning of the negotiations that require the government to calculate its path again. The answer to terrorism should be a war on murderers and not dialogue with those who encourage murderers."
MK Struk: Rethink Prisoner Releases
Member of Knesset and Hevron resident Orit Struk (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) reacted, Sunday evening, to the critical wounding of an Israeli soldier in the city by saying, "Right now we are all praying for the well being of the wounded. It has been years that there has not been a holiday for the people of Israel in which one murder attack comes right after another. The government must do soul searching about the release of terrorists, which brings with it a series of murderous terror attacks."
Struk, who has two sons who were wounded in the area of the shooting, added, "While Arab terrorism is trying to harm the joy of the [Sukkot/Tabernacles] holiday and the Jewish presence in Hebron - I'm sure the healthy public response of tens of thousands of Jews will be to vote with their legs tomorrow for Jewish Hebron [by coming]."