The police forensics lab determined that one of the rifles seized from the Palestinian terrorists who were killed in Nablus Saturday was used in last week's murder of Jewish settler Rabbi Meir Avshalom Hai in the West Bank.
The M-16 rifle, which belonged to Tanzim member Anan Sabah, was found to be compatible with the bullet shells found at the scene of Hai's murder. Sabah had been released from an Israeli prison as part of the amnesty deal with the Palestinian Authority in 2007, in which Israel agreed not to hunt down Palestinian gunmen who agreed to lay down their arms.
"No two weapons leave the same indentation on the ammunition," a police official said Sunday.
The lab test results are admissible in court.
IDF Shomron Brigade Commander Colonel Itzik Bar arrived Saturday night at the settlement of Shavei Shomron, where locals spoke of their sense of insecurity since the army removed roadblocks from roads throughout the West Bank as a gesture to the Palestinians.
The settlers said Israel's gestures are coming at the expense of their safety, and asked that the roadblocks be put up again.
One of the settlers complained that Colonel Bar's attitude was "condescending" and that he left the settlement after less than half an hour.