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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Jan. 21, 2018

Immediately following the conclusion of the Sabbath, both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin sent public condolences to the families of the two IDF soldiers who were murdered Friday in a ramming attack carried out by Palestinian Authority killer Ala Qabha in northern Samaria. Two other soldiers are still in critical condition as a result.

“From the depths of my heart, I send condolences to the families of the IDF officer and soldier who were murdered yesterday by a reprehensible terrorist and my best wishes for a quick recovery to the wounded,” Netanyahu said.


“We will work to demolish the home of the terrorist and will deal with him to the fullest extent of the law.”

Rivlin took a softer tone, that of the older man that he is, albeit no less stern in its promise of justice.

“Throughout Shabbat, our prayers and thoughts were with the families of the victims of the terrible terror attack that took place as the Sabbath began on Friday afternoon,” Rivlin said.

“I send a warm embrace of comfort and strength to the families of those killed and we pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded.

“May all the security forces be strengthened, operating in all arenas – in the field and in intelligence – to investigate those who perpetrated and assisted in the attack.

“We will not rest until we bring all those who cooperate with terror to justice, we will not allow terror to become an accepted norm.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.