Fogel family 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy: Itamar community)
Building and strengthening Judea and Samaria is the best way to honor the five
members of the Fogel family killed by two Palestinian terrorists in Itamar last
year, said Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud).
He spoke at a special
memorial service for family members, in which the Itamar community inaugurated a
new house of study (beit midrash) called Mishkan Ehud, named after Ehud Fogel,
Fogel, along with his wife Ruth, 35, and three of their children
Yoav, 11, Elad. 4, and Hadas, three months old, were stabbed to death in their
homes by two Palestinians who infiltrated the West Bank settlement on March 11,
Three other children survived.
“We are here in Itamar, not
far from the Fogel’s family home, with conflicted feelings in our hearts. There
is sacrifice and planting, building and destruction, death and life,” said
“It is out of this storm of feelings, with tears and joy, that we
dedicate this temple.”
Rivlin recalled how when Ehud (known as Udi) and
Ruth were forced to leave their home in the Gaza settlement of Netzarim, they
came to Itamar because they knew how important it was to turn destruction into
They believed very strongly in the power of the Israeli
nation to build, he said.
Rivlin called on the government to accelerate
building in Judea and Samaria. “We should not wait any longer,” he
“One doesn’t need excuses that we need to build in the land of
Israel,” Rivlin said.
Building in Judea and Samaria, he added, should be
a clear act of government policy and not a reaction to a terror
He was not the only parliamentarian to mix politics with the
MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) called on the government to
annex Judea and Samaria, while MK Uri Ariel (National Union) said the new house
of study was the true “price tag” response of Zionism and Judaism to the forces
Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser, other parliamentarians,
ministers Yisrael Katz (Likud) and Eli Yishai (Shas) and relatives and friends
of the Fogel family were also present at the event.
Shimon Peres sent a letter to the Fogel family on Wednesday, marking a year
since the brutal murder.
“Ruth, Ehud, Yoav, Elad and Hadas, blessed be
An entire family. Parents and their young children that
were cruelly slaughtered in cold blood at their home in Itamar on the eve of the
Sabbath,” Peres wrote. “The year that has passed since that shocking day cannot
even slightly serve to dull the terrible pain, the longing and the sorrow.”