The Shin Bet intelligence agency on Saturday night named the suspected killer of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, z’l as Palestinian Authority citizen Arafat Afariah, a 29-year-old resident of Hebron.
Afariah was arrested on Saturday by Israel Police special forces outside a mosque in Al Bireh, near Ramallah.
According to the statement issued by the Shin Bet, on Thursday morning (February 7) Afariah “left his home in Hebron with a knife and made his way to the village of Beit Jala. Arafat walked towards the [Jerusalem] forest, where he noticed Ori, attacked and murdered her.”
The remainder of the investigation remains under a gag order.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the Shin Bet security services and the Israel Police “that within a few hours captured the abominable murderer who murdered Ori Ansbacher. Israel’s long arm reaches anyone who harms us and we will settle accounts with them,” Netanyahu said in a statement on Saturday night.
“In my name and on behalf of the people of Israel, I wish to express my condolences to the Ansbacher family and to strengthen them with their great grief,” the prime minister said.