Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon expressed his condolences to the family of Pvt. Eden Atias, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian youth on Wednesday in Afula, and vowed to continue Israel's "persistent battle against terrorism."
"The war on terror sadly claims victims, but we will continue in our persistent battle against terrorist attacks, those who plan them and those who commit them," Ya'alon said in a statement.
Ya'alon stressed that attacks such as the one that claimed the life of 19-year-old Atias are not a part of organized terror, but are committed by individuals.
"We must keep in mind that terrorism attacks committed by individuals, that are not part of a terror organization, are mainly a result of the harsh incitement [against Israel] in the Palestinian Authority," he said.
The PA "continues even now, as we sit with its representatives at the negotiations table, to educate the younger generation to admire terrorists and to murder Jews, incites to hatred and refuses to recognize our right to exist in any border," he added.