Fogel family funeral crowd 311.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
As Itamar residents were busy getting ready for Pessah on Sunday, they were
catapulted back into the painful emotions that surrounded the murder last month
of five members of the Fogel family.
“We are happy that they caught the
terrorists, but obviously it brought back everything from that terrible night,”
Itamar Council head Moshe Goldsmith said.
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He said that he and other
Itamar residents were determined to move forward, in spite of the
“We are going to celebrate the holiday and continue to grow,”
He added that the attack, in which Palestinians stabbed
to death Udi Fogel, 36 and Ruti Fogel, 35, and three of their children – Yoav
11, Elad, four, and three-month old Hadas – in their home, should be a wake up
call for the rest of the country.
“We are in a war situation,” Goldsmith
“This is a battle not just for Itamar, but for the survival of the
whole Jewish nation.”
Udi’s mother, Celia Fogel, who lives in Neveh Tzuf
(Halamish) in Samaria, thanked the security forces for their work in tracking
down the alleged killers.
Her husband, Haim, told Ynet “there is no doubt
that the arrest of the murderers touches the heart. We knew it would touch the
nation. We thought it would do more, but from our perspective we
completed a circle. This is a heinous murder of bottomless hate that is
simply impossible to understand.”
Ruti’s brother Elichai Ben-Yishai told
reporters that nothing could restore what his family had lost.
already been taken,” and this could not be reversed whether the killers were
free or under arrest. But the family had been comforted, he said, by the way the
nation had embraced them.
Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika
blamed the slayings on incitement within the Palestinian Authority’s educational
This is the “monstrous, murderous crop” that PA President Mahmoud Abbas
has sown, Mesika said. Those who pursue a peace deal with the
Palestinians, he continued, “should look at who we plan to do business with and
into whose hands we plan to abandon the security of Israeli
The proper response to the deaths, he said, was to build and
deepen the nation’s roots in the Land of Israel.
The Council of Jewish
Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip urged the government to deal
with the PA as an entity that assists in terrorism.
It also warned
against coddling terrorists in jail and noted that Palestinian prisoners enjoyed
a host of privileges, including education, television, family visits and health
The organization My Israel lashed out at left-wing groups that had
gone on a solidarity visit to Awarta, the village near Itamar where the two main
suspects live, and asked that the groups be outlawed.
MK Michael Ben-Ari
(National Union) asked the attorney general to open an investigation into the