Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets IDF soldiers, December 11, 2018.
(photo credit: KOBI GIDEON/GPO)
Israeli leaders applauded the capture and killing of two terrorists on the run, who were caught overnight Wednesday and on Thursday morning.
The IDF nabbed and killed Ashraf Suleiman Na’alwa, 23, responsible for the Barkan terror attack in October, and Saleh Omar Barghouti, 29, responsible for the Ofra terror attack.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the IDF and the Shin bet in a statement, lauding their "impressive actions which lead to the identification and liquidation of the Barkan and Ofra terrorists
"Israel's strong arm will reach anyone who tries to harm Israeli citizens," Netanyahu said.
Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman, formerly Israel's defense minister, congratulated Israel's security forces in a tweet Thursday morning saying, "It is clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is at least one Hamas terror cell operating in the Gaza Strip."
He continued, "I demand the Israeli government immediately announce the cessation of the transfer of money and fuel from Qatar to the Gaza Strip."
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni also took to Twitter, writing: "Thanks to their abilities, determination and dedication to the mission, Israel's strong hand will strike terrorists wherever they may be."
Similarly, Yesh Atid Party Chairman Yair Lapid said, "Our security forces last night eradicated the vile terrorists who murdered Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi in the Barkan terrorist attack. Terrorists know that the IDF can reach anywhere."
MK Amir Ohana (Likud) tweeted, "A dead terrorist will not go on a hunger strike because he can't watch the World Cup, he will not smile at the tears of the families of his victims... A neutralized terrorist is a dead terrorist."
And, Gilad Erdan, Strategic Affairs Minister, saluted the Israel Police, the IDF and Shin Bet, saying they "settled the score."
Erdan also responded to the terror attack that took place in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday morning: "I wish a full recovery to our border police officers who were injured in the Old City and responded with determination and speed in order to neutralize the terrorist."