Israeli politicians mourn 'hero' Ari Fuld

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel called the murder "a tremendous loss of a precious person, a hero who fought until his last breath to prevent other citizens from being harmed."

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September 16, 2018 18:27
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Screenshot from a security camera image of Ari Fuld pursuing his attacker, September 16, 2018

Screenshot from a security camera image of Ari Fuld pursuing his attacker, September 16, 2018. (photo credit: PIZZA HASHIKMA)

 
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Politicians from across the political spectrum mourned terrorist victim Ari Fuld of Efrat as a hero after he was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in front of a supermarket in Gush Etzion on Sunday.

“The entire People of Israel is pained at the shocking murder of Ari Fuld this morning in Gush Etzion,” said Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud), who lived in Gush Etzion until recently. “Ari demonstrated rare courage, pursued the terrorist but unfortunately his strength did not last.”

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Fuld was a central committee member of the National Union, which ran in the last election with Bayit Yehudi. His brother, Eytan, is the spokesman for National Union and Bayit Yehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich.

National Union leader and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel called the murder “a tremendous loss of a precious person, a hero who fought until his last breath to prevent other citizens from being harmed.”

Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett said “Ari Fuld is a hero of Israel who saved lives as he died.” Bennett said the people of Israel salute the members of the Fuld family and embrace them.

Several politicians suggested responses to the murder, including Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud), who said that Fuld’s killing should end talk of giving terrorists shorter sentences.

“Terrorists need to rot in jail,” Regev said.

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Likud MK Anat Berko said that the murderer’s house should be destroyed, and the fact that the murderer was shot to death by three different people proves that it is right for citizens who meet key criteria to be given the right to bear arms. Her Likud colleague, MK Nava Boker, added that those who neutralize terrorists should be given automatic immunity from prosecution.

Zionist Union MK Eitan Cabel said Fuld’s heroism in pursuing the terrorist who stabbed him could not be underestimated.

Peace Now and the New Israel Fund both published statements expressing their sorrow over Fuld’s murder.

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