Israel security forces have apprehended three terrorists responsible for the murder of Elan Ganeles on Monday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saluted the IDF and ISA for quickly locating the terrorists and carrying out a precise operation. “Whoever tries to hurt us will pay the price,” he said.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant commended the security forces. “Every terrorist should be aware of Israel’s defense establishment, we will get our hands on them,” he commented.
A manhunt continues for militants responsible for the murder of brothers Hillel and Yagel Yaniv on Sunday. Israeli leaders have vowed to bring those behind the atrocities to justice.
Thousands of mourners attended the funerals of the latest victims of terror in Israel.
Ganeles, 26, grew up in Conneticut, he was killed after Palestinian gunmen opened fire on his vehicle in Judai and Samaria.
“He was the kind of guy you could call and you’d be sure he’d pick up and have a few minutes to talk if you needed something,” said Rabbi Yehuda Drizin of Chabad at Columbia University. “For everyone that knew him, this really hurts.”
“We are shattered by the loss,” a statement from the Israeli Consulate in New York said. “Elan volunteered in his local community and sought to better the world.”
The brothers were from Har Bracha in Judai and Samaria. They were near Huwara on Route 60 when a terrorist gunman opened fire from point blank range at their car and fled the scene.
Yossi Dagan, Shomron Regional Council, called on the government to change the paradigm and move from defense to attack. “Terrorists can’t just shoot innocent civilians in broad daylight,” he raged.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich, Construction Minister Yitzchak Goldknopf, MK Simcha Rothman and Chief Rabbi Dovid Lau attended the Yaniv brothers’ funeral.
Their father, Shalom called for the tragedy to be the last such incident.
“Let our children get married, have children of their own, and build homes,” he said in a eulogy.
Israeli and global leaders condemned the murders and subsequent actions of a reported 400 settlers who rioted in Huwara and villages near Nablus.
One man was killed, 10 homes and 30 cars were set on fire.
Netanyahu called for calm, he said: “I am asking, while blood is boiling and winds are high – don’t take the law into your hands,” President Isaac Herzog added: “Taking the law into one’s own hands, rioting, and committing violence against innocents – this is not our way.”
The IDF has reinforced the Judea and Samaria division and increased security checks in the area.
Gallant visited Hawara after the attack.
He said: “I gave clear instructions to the IDF, ISA and the Border Police, ensure readiness to face all threats, reinforce troops and activities on the ground, and most importantly, reach and apprehend the terrorists. We will not tolerate terrorism against Israelis and we will operate in every way necessary.”
Addressing the settler response, he added: “I call on everyone to restore calm. It is neither legitimate nor possible to operate individually. We cannot allow a situation in which citizens take the law into their hands. I call on everyone to follow law and order and to trust the IDF and security forces everywhere, across the country.”
US State Department spokesperson Ned Price called the Sunday night riots “completely unacceptable” and appealed for a de-escalation in violence.
“Accountability and justice should be pursued with equal rigour in all cases of extremist violence and equal resources dedicated to prevent such attacks and bring those responsible to justice,” Price said.
He added: “These developments underscore the imperative to immediately de-escalate tensions in words and deeds. The US will continue to work with Israelis and Palestinians and our regional partners towards restoring calm.”
The attack in Hawara took place during a landmark summit in Aqaba to discuss calming tensions before Ramadan and Passover.
The US, Israel, Egypt and Jordan forum included the Palestinians. Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar, National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi, Palestinian Authority’s Majed Faraj, US National Security Council officials, together with Jordanian and Egyptian security personnel attended.
A joint committee reviewed security coordination between Israel and the PA.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan welcomed the commitments by Israel and the PA to de-escalate and prevent further violence.
“The two sides affirmed their commitment to all previous agreements between them, and to work towards a just and lasting peace,” he said.