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Israeli Soldier Abducted And Murdered By Muslim Savage He Had Worked With In Restaurant

September 22, 2013

MIM: More deadly proof that Arabs should not be allowed to live and work inside Israel.

Hundreds Attend Funeral of Murdered IDF Soldier

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of murdered IDF soldier Tomer Hazan Sunday after his body was recovered Saturday By David Lev First Publish: 9/22/2013, 7:01 PM
Tomer Hazan Tomer Hazan Courtesy of the family

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of murdered IDF soldier Tomer Hazan H"yd Sunday aftenoon. He was laid to rest in the military cemetery in Holon.

Hazan was abducted Friday and murdered in Samaria by an Arab terrorist, with the motive said by IDF officials to be a plan by the terrorist, Nadal Amar, to trade Hazan's body for the freedom of his brother, a Fatah terrorist who has been in jail in Israel for the last ten years. The soldier went missing Friday, and after a Shabak investigation, soldiers descended on the home of Nadal in the village of Bayt Amin, near Kakilya.

Hazan had worked together with Amar at a restaurant in Bat Yam. On Friday, Hazan met Nadal in the Jewish town of Shaare Tikvah in central Samaria, from where both proceeded to Nadal's village, where Israeli officials said that the IDF soldier was killed immediately. Nadal dumped Hazan's body in a pit near the village. He along with six others were arrested Saturday morning, after the Shabak gathered information on the attack. Hazan's body was retrieved Saturday afternoon.

Neighbors of Hazan in his hometown of Bat Yam eulogized the soldier, and spoke of his warm relationship with everyone he knew. "We cannot accept this," one speaker said. "Tomer was a great friend and a unique human being. He was an amazing person who disappeared in a day."

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett slammed the Palestinian Authority and its head, Mahmoud Abbas, whom he said did not even condemn the murder. "We are 20 years after the Oslo Accords and our partner has not yet changed. No one can make peace with terrorists who murder a soldier and throw him into a pit. I have not yet heard one condemnation of these acts by Abbas. If the situation had been reversed we would surely have condemned such an act harshly," he added.

Speaking in Gush Etzion Sunday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said that the murder was "a difficult event that occurred despite great efforts by the defense establishment to prevent them. The relative quiet we see today is no guarantee for the future. We must remain prepared for any scenario that may develop," he said.

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Murder ‘Raises Tough Questions'

Netanyahu laments ‘ceaseless' terror war, Danon blames PA, and Yogev warns Israel faces tough questions. By Maayana Miskin First Publish: 9/22/2013, 9:40 AM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has sent his condolences to the Hazan family of Bat Yam, whose son Tomer Hazan, 20, an IDF soldier, was kidnapped and murdered by a terrorist on Friday.

The slaying was part of the "ceaseless" terror war that Israel faces, he said. Israel will continue to fight terrorists with all the means at its disposal, he wrote.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon blamed the Palestinian Authority for the slaying. "This cruel murder is the result of the ongoing incitement by the Palestinian leadership," he accused.

"Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] lends support to these horrific acts when, after the festive declarations in the ongoing negotiations, he continues to pay grants to murderers in prison. Twenty years after Oslo, the Palestinians have still not abandoned the path of terrorism," he added.

Danon recently called to annul the Oslo Accords in an op-ed for the New York Times.

MK Moti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi/Jewish Home), a colonel in the IDF reserves and a former commander of an elite unit, warned that Israel faces tough questions in wake of the attack.

"The soldier's murder requires us all to ask questions and to learn from the answers," he said. "The most obvious question is: did the cowardly murderer Nadal Amar understand that we make deals to free terrorists, and he is likely to be freed from prison in some release deal in a few years?"

"Is this the morality by which the state and its justice system act?" he continued. "If not, we must immediately stop the process of releasing terrorist murderers, a process of surrender to immoral terrorism and American pressure, a process that does not exist today in any country in the enlightened world."

Yogev's warning was echoed by an editorial in the Hebrew-language Maariv/nrg. Noting that the terrorist who murdered Hazan has already admitted to planning to use his body as a bargaining chip, the article warned, "The motive for the next kidnapping is already clear… From the Palestinian public's point of view, the best way to free ‘heavy' terrorists is through kidnapping Israeli soldiers."

Israel has been willing to trade terrorist prisoners for Israeli bodies in the past, notably in the cases of kidnapped IDF soldiers Eldad Regev, Ehud Goldwasser and Omar Sawad.

Among those Israel traded for the bodies of Goldwasser and Regev was unrepentant terrorist Samir Kuntar, who infamously murdered a young Jewish girl by smashing her skull with a rifle as part of a string of terrorist murders.

In 2011, Israel freed more than 1,000 terrorist prisoners in return for captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. At the time, in spite of a groundswell of popular Israeli sympathy for the plight of the captive soldier, many Israelis - including prominent public figures - expressed extreme reservation for a deal which they saw as increasing the motivation among terrorist groups to capture IDF soldiers.

Demonstration Outside Suspected Killer's Workplace

Dozens of people demonstrated, Sunday evening, against the owners of a restaurant in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, which employed Nidal Amar, the Palestinian Authority (PA) Arab suspected of murdering Sergeant Tomer Hazan over the weekend.

Amar did not have a permit to be outside the PA.

Man who Murdered Soldier Tried to Kidnap Before

Tomer Hazan's girlfriend reveals that killer tried to tempt others. Protesters target businessman who hired the terrorist. By Maayana Miskin First Publish: 9/22/2013, 10:54 AM

The girlfriend of IDF soldier Tomer Hazan, who was kidnapped and murdered Friday by Palestinian Authority Arab coworker Nadal Amar, has revealed that the killer tried to kidnap other youth, as well.

The young woman worked with both Tomer and Amar at Tzachi Basarim restaurant in Bat Yam.

"Nidal apparently was planning this for a long time," she told Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio). "He didn't target Tomer right away, he tried to take other people at first. But apparently Tomer was talked into it, because he was an innocent guy."

She added, "I think that as soon as Tomer got in the cab and realized they were going to Kalkilya and there was no business deal or anything, he must have tried to run."

Amar brought Hazan to the PA village of Bayt Amin near Kalkilya, apparently under the pretext of wanting to do business with him.

He had planned to use Tomer's body as a bargaining chip to negotiate for the release of terrorist prisoners, including his brother. The killing has led to renewed warnings about Israel's terrorist release policies.

Tomer Hazan's funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the military cemetery in Holon.

On Saturday night a small but angry protest spontaneously erupted outside the restaurant in Bat Yam where Amar was employed illegally by the Israeli owners.

Protesters shouted anti-Arab slogans and called for a boycott of the establishment over its apparently illegal use of PA Arab workers, and voiced anger over the lack of police enforcement.

"Tzachi Tzamerat, the blood is on your hands," one makeshift sign read. Another protester held up a sign saying, "You saved money – a soldier paid with his life."

Public responses to the protest were mixed. Some argued that the restaurant owner is "a good man" and claimed he had a permit to employ Amar; others agreed that the owner had a responsibility to check his PA employee's family background to rule out ties to terrorism.

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