MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) on Thursday blamed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the West Bank terror attack which left 45-year-old Shavei Shomron resident Meir Chai dead less than two hours earlier.
He charged that the 10-month moratorium on settlement construction and a possible prisoner exchange deal to free IDF soldier Gilad Schalit gave terrorists the impression that "Jewish blood has been forsaken."
"Netanyahu is surrendering to terrorism," he added.
Also responding to the attack, the Almagor Terror Victims Association called on Netanyahu to cease negotiations with Hamas, and find a creative solution to the conundrum of wishing to see Schalit while balking at the thought of releasing murderers.
In a statement released hours after the attack, the group's chairman, Meir Indor said to the prime minister, "Send those who are calling on you to free terrorists to visit the murdered man's family, so they can feel for an hour what they are going through at the moment."
"Then they can start trying to convince mourners to agree to let the terrorists who murdered their loved ones go free," he added.
The Three Fathers, an organization made up of parents who have lost children in terror attacks, on Thursday called on Judea and Samaria regional council heads to join the battle against freeing terrorists as part of a deal to release IDF soldier Schalit.
"The terror attack today is a promo for the murders that will take place if another thousand terrorists are released," the organization said.