Saturday, 17 February, 2018

Israel 'legalising' rogue settlement in response to rabbi murder: Netanyahu

Palestinians throw stones at Israeli troops during an army operation in the West Bank village of Burqin near Jenin City Feb. 3 2018 19-year-old Palestinian shot dead by Israeli army during West Bank raid
Melinda Barton | 09 February, 2018, 03:40

The mayor of Ariel, Eli Shaviro, called on the Israeli government to impose sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the West Bank, calling it the "answer to Palestinian terrorism".

Israeli security forces are searching for an Israeli Arab suspect, initially identified by police as Palestinian.

President of Israel Reuven Rivlin said Tuesday morning "We appreciate and solute all the security forces.who, in a complex security operation and with proper daring, fought for our security".

Ahmed Isma'il Muhammad Jarar, another one of the cell members, was killed a week and a half later during an exchange of fire between Special Forces and the terrorists hiding in a building in Jenin.

His cousin of the same name was killed on January 18 after a 10-hour military operation, in what Palestinians believe was a case of mistaken identity.

The Shin Bet said that investigations indicate that Jarrar's cell was involved in previous attempts to carry out attacks and in the planning of additional attacks.

Israeli forces asserted that he had tried to shoot occupying soldiers; his family denied the allegations.

Bethlehem-based Maan News agency said settlers in the area began throwing rocks at Palestinian vehicles passing by.

It is worth mentioning that, on January 18th, the soldiers invaded Wadi Burqin town, west of Jenin, demolished Ahmad's home, and two other homes, in addition to killing his cousin Ahmad Ismael Jarrar, 31, after they mistook him for his cousin. An old M-16 was found on his body. Numerous accomplices who helped Jarrar carry out the attack have been arrested in recent weeks. "I hope and believe that that we will also soon get our hands on the murderer of Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal", Lieberman said. "The State of Israel will never surrender to terrorism and will reach the last of its supporters, for the safety of our citizens".

He was the second rabbi to have been murdered in the West Bank in as many days, in seemingly unrelated attacks.

"Instead, a man from Har Bracha was just murdered by a terrorist, leaving behind a wife and four children".

IDF troops are now searching for him.