(photo credit: Courtesy Hazan family)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent his condolences Saturday night to the family of murdered IDF soldier Sgt. Tomer Hazan, Israeli media reported.
suffering over the loss of your son is difficult. The criminal incident
proves once again that the fight against terrorism is constant," Army
Radio quoted Netanyahu as saying.
Tomer Hazan the 20-year-old
soldier who was lured to the West Bank by a Palestinian man and murdered
on Friday will be laid to rest at 4 p.m. Sunday at the military cemetery
The top UN envoy to the Middle East peace process on
Saturday condemned the murder of Hazan, and stressed the importance of
calm in light of current diplomatic efforts.
The “shocking murder
follows a series of violent incidents in the West Bank,” Robert Serry,
the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in a
He added that calm “is all the more important at this critical moment in the political process.”
The terror suspect, named as 42-year-old Nedal Amar, told security forces he led the victim, with whom he worked together in
a restaurant in Bat Yam, to the West Bank, where he committed the
murder in hopes of securing the release of his brother – an
incarcerated terrorist arrested in 2003.
The two took a taxi on Friday to the
Samaria settlement of Sha’arei Tikva, near Amar’s village, the Shin Bet
Acting on the information, security forces raided Amar’s home in
Beit Amin and arrested him and another brother.
During questioning, Amar
confessed to persuading the soldier to join him for a ride to his residence, the
Shin Bet said. The manner in which the suspect persuaded the victim to accompany
him remains unknown.
After leading the soldier to an open area near the
Palestinian village of Saniria, Amar killed the soldier by using a blunt weapon,
and hid the body in a well, a senior army source said.
Amar then led security forces to
the hiding spot where he had placed the body. Security forces said additional
arrests are expected, and that the investigation is still ongoing.
had been working in Israel illegally. He applied to enter Israel under the
family reunification law, but was rejected.
The army source added that
initial indications are that the suspect worked alone, and was not part of a
larger terrorist organization.
Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich sent
her condolences to Hazan’s family.
“This is a shocking act, that took
advantage of permission to enter Israel and Hazan’s trust in the murderer,” she
Yacimovich called for Netanyahu not to give
in to terrorism and to continue peace talks with the
Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel called to stop
all planned prisoner releases.
According to Ariel, “prisoner releases do
not bring peace closer. They bring bloodshed like we saw
“The absurd dance of releasing terrorists continues to harm the
State of Israel’s security, since the terrorists themselves learned that we
don’t have red lines,” Ariel said.
According to Economy and Trade
Minister Naftali Bennett, “20 years after the Oslo Accords [were signed], our
partner hasn’t changed."
“The murder meant to free a Fatah murderer and
release a soldier of [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] shows once
again who our partner is,” Bennett said. “We do not make peace with terrorists
who throw soldiers into pits; we fight them without mercy.”
comes after several failed attempts by terrorist organizations to kidnap and
kill soldiers, to secure the release of Palestinian security