Photo Credit: Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defense
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at the helm, December 26, 2017.

Following the IDF and Shin bet original attack on the Jenin refugee camp homes of members of the terror cell that murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach of blessed memory—during which one Arab terrorist was killed and two Israeli soldiers were injured—on Friday morning, Israeli forces arrested four Arabs from al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin.

According to Ma’an, security forces stormed Yamoun and raided several homes, including the home of Azmi ‘Abdul Qader Fureihat. His sons, Jihad and Abdel Qader, along with two family members who were visiting from the Jenin refugee camp – Yahya Abu al-Hija and Mustafa al-Karm.


During the arrests, the army carried out a thorough search of the home and confiscated cell phones and cameras.

The Israeli security forces believe that the terror cell leader has not yet been caught, which is why the IDF continues to carry out arrests in the villages near Jenin until the manhunt is completed.

The Shin Bet was able to identify and locate the cell members after receiving information about a burnt car in the Jenin area. On Tuesday morning, a military force raided the town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin, but the Arabs did not pay attention, because the IDF has been raiding and arresting at a high rate in Judea and Samaria over the past few months. The IDF also confiscated all the security cameras on the Shechem to Jenin roads, as well as the burnt vehicle.

An examination revealed that the vehicle had been used by Rabbi Shevach’s killers, set the car on fire to conceal their identities. In fact, the terrorists were secure that the evidence against them had been eliminated, and resumed their daily routine.

But once the Shin Bet had picked up the vehicle, it became only a matter of time before the members of the cell were identified.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), on Friday visited the two police special force officers who had been injured in Jenin Wednesday night, and told reporters he was certain that the terrorist who managed to get away will soon be captured, and Israel would “settle the account with him.”

“He must know that he is currently living like a dog on the run, he is living on borrowed time, and we will get him,” Liberman said.

“In general, it must be understood that Hamas, which is having a hard time sending out attacks from the Gaza Strip these days, and whose situation over there is very difficult, has been trying to carry out attacks in Judea and Samaria and is also trying to develop new fronts, first of all in southern Lebanon,” the defense minister said.

“What’s most worrisome is their attempt to develop a terror infrastructure in southern Lebanon, from which to try and threaten the State of Israel,” he continued, declaring, “We will not agree that, on the one hand, Hamas will talk about [Gaza’s] distress, and the [need for] humanitarian aid, while on the other hand it will try to carry out attacks in Judea and Samaria, or build a terror infrastructure in southern Lebanon – this will not happen.”

Liberman also sounded the alert on “all the sudden friendship between the senior Hamas figure, Salah ‘Aruri, and Nasrallah [and] Hezbollah. It’s something we are following and will have an appropriate response to every development.”