At least one terrorist infiltrated the West Bank settlement of Itamar,
Fogel family stabbed to death in Itamar
At least one terrorist infiltrated the West Bank settlement of Itamar, southeast of Nablus, late Friday night (11 March) and stabbed to death Udi (36) and Ruth (35) Fogel, and their children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and 3-month-old Hadas.
The killings occurred shortly after 10 p.m., when one or two attackers jumped the fence that surrounds Itamar and broke into the home of Ruth and Udi Fogel. The attackers went from room to room, stabbing the parents, a 3-month-old girl, Hadas, and two boys, Elad, 4, and Yoav, 11. Two other children – aged two and eight – were in a side room but were not attacked.
The family’s oldest child, 12- year-old Tamar, was out of the house at the time and alerted neighbors when no one opened the door for her.
The IDF immediately launched searches in nearby Arab villages as Palestinians reported that a fof Fatah’s al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade had claimed responsibility.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman instructed the Israeli delegation to the United Nations to file a harsh complaint to the UN secretary-general and the president of the Security Council following the terror attack. „Israel is expecting to hear a strong condemnation from all democratic states, which in the name of human rights hurry to denounce every movement of a caravan in Judea and Samaria, but as of last night have yet to condemn the cruel murder of an entire family, including a one-month-old baby,” he stated. He added that the fact that the Palestinian Authority has yet to condemn the attack „says more than anything about the true nature of someone who is supposed to be a partner to negotations.”
President Peres: „This is one of the most difficult and despicable events that we have seen. It indicates a loss of humanity. There is no religion in the world or any faith that allows these kinds of horrible acts.”
PM Netanyahu: I expect the international community to sharply and unequivocally condemn this murder, the murder of children. I have noticed that several countries that always hasten to the UN Security Council in order to condemn Israel, the state of the Jews, for planning a house in some locality, or for laying some tiles somewhere, have been dilatory in sharply condemning the murder of Jewish infants. I expect them to issue such condemnations immediately, without balances, without understandings, without justifications. There is no justification and there can be neither excuse nor forgiveness for the murder of children.
I expect a similar condemnation, and I demand a similar condemnation, from the Palestinian Authority. I am disappointed by the weak and mumbled statements. This is not how one condemns terrorism. This is not how one fights terrorism. See how Israeli prime ministers, myself among them, have reacted in similar situations, but there has never been anything like this, in which terrorists entered a home and cut children’s throats.
This requires sharp and unequivocal condemnation. This requires something else. This requires a halt to the incitement. I demand that the Palestinian Authority stop the incitement that is conducted on a daily basis in their schools, mosques and the media under their control. The time has come to stop this double-talk in which the Palestinian Authority outwardly talks peace, and allows – and sometimes leads – incitement at home. The time has come to stop the incitement and begin educating their people for peace.