Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting, December 2, 2018.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed great sorrow at the murder of Ori Ansbacher of Tekoa, who was murdered Thursday in Jerusalem.
"In this difficult hour, all of us embrace the Ansbacher family and their home town of Tekoa. Security forces are investigating the murder; we will find those responsible and bring them to justice," said Netanyahu on social media.
President Reuven Rivlin also mourned Ansbacher's death, saying "the heart shatters when faced with such a loss of life at the peak of bloom, and the pain is too great to bear, Ori's generous doing to help others and her kindness will shine even after her great light was put out."
Ansbacher's body was found in Ein Yael in Jerusalem on Thursday. Her remains will be laid to rest on Friday in her home-town of Tekoa in Gush Etzion.
Ansbacher was a volunteer in the Yeelim youth center in Emek Refaim as part of her national service. Her death is being investigated by police as a possible murder.
Her parents, Rabbi Gai and Naama Ansbacher, described their daughter as "a holy soul who sought deep meaning and had a sensitivity for each person and living thing. She had an endless desire to repair the world in goodness."
New Right leader Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said that "the heart is in pain when facing such unbearable cruelty, the evil doers who did this will be brought to justice."
Shas leader Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri expressed his deep sorrow on Friday saying that "along the whole nation of Israel I feel deeply pained and shocked when faced with this criminal act."
Deri sent his sincere condolences to the family and the whole town of Tekoa.
Israel Resilience head Benny Gantz said that the whole nation is united in grieving over the horrific crime and added that his heart goes out to the family and the residents of Tekoa.
Beit Yehudi leader Rabbi Rafi Peretz said that the murder "makes the heart and soul shudder, my heart goes out to the parents."
Peretz, who served as the Rabbi of the IDF, voiced his full confidence in the security services to arrest the "loathsome killers and bring them to justice."
Speaking at the funeral of Ansbacher, Beit Yehudi MK Moti Yogev said that "evildoers from a people of killers cruelly murdered [Ori]. We will not give up our land to a people of murderers."
In response to the brutal murder, extreme right-wing party Otzma Yehudit called on the government to take "actions that will produce deterrence."
"Speaking out of rage over the heinous murder of a holy daughter of Israel...we call [on the government] to act in ways that will produce deterrence," the party said in a press release on Friday.
"A national emergency plan to expel those who seek to murder us, who are thirsty for Jewish blood, is the only way to prevent the next murder," the party said.
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