Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu vowed Friday afternoon that Israel would hunt down those responsible for killing an Israeli father and son in a terror attack near the West Bank city of Chevron a short time earlier. Hamas praised the attack as a welcome step up in the intensity of the ongoing attacks against Israelis.
“We will get to these heinous murderers and we will bring them to justice as we have done in the past,” the prime minister said, vowing that Israel would continue to fight terror wherever necessary. He also sent condolences to the family of the victims.
The Magen David Adom rescue service received a report of gunshots fired at a car near Otniel Junction in the southern West Bank a little before 3 p.m. on Friday. Paramedics arrived to find two Israelis critically injured, and subsequently pronounced them dead at the scene. The mother of the family and a second son were also hurt by gunfire; the family’s three daughters suffered shock.
Members of Har Chevron Regional Council called on the government to use every means at its disposal in order to halt the wave of terror, Channel 2 said. They also accused the Palestinian Red Crescent rescue service of failing to help the dead and wounded; Israel was investigating reports that a Red Crescent ambulance was first on the scene, but sped away when it was realized that the victims were Jews.
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said that the security forces were conducting an extensive search for the terrorists.
“We will not rest until we catch them and those who sent them, if they exist,” he said. “The security forces are making every effort to capture terrorists before they carry out their attacks. We will act decisively, responsibly and judiciously for the security of Israel’s citizens.” Read more at Times of Israel.