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Netanyahu vows to demolish Halamish terrorist's home as soon as possible
Defense Minister Lieberman calls to sentence the terrorist to death, says main inciters are Arab MKs from Balad and Sheikh Raed Salah, and slams Abbas for failing to condemn terror attack: 'he's not a partner, he's not looking for peace. He's looking to tire us out, fragment us from the inside.'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday to demolish the home of the terrorist who murdered three members of the Salomon family in Halamish as soon as possible.

 

 

"The home of the loathsome terrorist will be demolished as soon as possible. We are also taking action against those who incite toward acts of murder and those who praise them," he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

 

The prime minister sent his condolences to the Salomon family, saying "the members of the government and I share in the terrible grief of the Solomon family. Yosef, Haya and Elad were murdered by a beast incited by Jew-hatred."


Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)

 

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, meanwhile, opined the terrorist, 19-year-old Omar al-Abed, should be sentenced to death.

 

"In such an extreme case, it is indeed appropriate to give the death sentence and the military court in Judea and Samaria has that authority," Lieberman told Ynet.

 

The defense minister noted that "first and foremost, we want to demolish the terrorist's home, which is without a doubt, after so many years, the most effective tool. We will revoke entry permits to Jerusalem, entry permits to Israel and work permits in Israel from the entire extended family."

 

When asked how the terrorist was able to infiltrate the settlement despite the existence of a security fence, Lieberman said "the indicative fence worked. When a patrolman was sent, after the security center realized there was an infiltration, he unfortunately must have missed (the terrorist) by a few minutes, or otherwise didn't see any breach in the fence because the terrorist jumped over it. The investigation is still ongoing, and I think this isn't the place for accusations, particularly not at this time."

 

IDF chief Eisenkot and Defense Minister Lieberman hold situation assessment after visit to scene of terror attack (Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry)
IDF chief Eisenkot and Defense Minister Lieberman hold situation assessment after visit to scene of terror attack (Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry)

 

The defense minister called to continue the fight against those who incite to violence. "On the one hand, there is wild incitement on social media," he said. "On the other hand—and this is even more problematic and dangerous—there is institutionalized incitement coming from inside the State of Israel—from Sheikh Raed Salah and the Arab MKs."

 

Lieberman also pointed the finger at the usual suspects—the Palestinian Authority and Hamas—but said that "undoubtedly, before Hamas and Islamic Jihad, it's the Arab MKs, primarily those from the Balad faction. We need to think about how to outlaw the Balad movement."

 

As for Sheikh Raed Salah, the defense minister said he was trying to obtain an administrative detention order to arrest the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement. "He really is directing and inciting and spreading lies about the Temple Mount, al-Aqsa and attempts to hurt (the status quo)."

 

IDF chief Eisenkot and Defense Minister Lieberman visit scene of terror attack (Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry)
IDF chief Eisenkot and Defense Minister Lieberman visit scene of terror attack (Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry)

 

He was not concerned by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to freeze ties with Israel, saying "It's not like the security coordination is an Israeli need. It's a Palestinian need first and foremost. If they want it, they'll continue (coordination), if not they won't."

 

"What is outrageous is Abbas's refusal to condemn the despicable murder," Lieberman added. "You have to understand he's not a partner, he's not looking for peace. He's looking to tire us out, fragment us from the inside, to hurt the State of Israel and its status in the international community."

 

 

 

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