Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Charles Dharapak)
Binyamin Netanyahu commended the Shin Bet and police investigation
Sunday that ended in the arrests of two suspects
for the murders of five
Fogel family members. Six others were arrested for collusion. The great
work done here "expresses our commitment to the idea that justice and security are with us," he saidSpeaking after a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Israel Haruhisa
Takeuchi, Lieberman called on leaders of political parties, members of
human rights groups and segments of Israeli society condemn settlements
to think twice in light of the murders.
at the welcoming of the new
Prison Service Commissioner, the prime minister said, "I was updated in
recent weeks and days on the progress of the investigation. I must
commend all of the security personnel who sought to ensure that their
findings were complete."
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday also
addressed the IDF's announcement that it had made arrests in connection
to the Fogel terrorist attack.
The foreign minister said: "Those who were so quick to condemn the
settlers and the settlements, and to turn public opinion against them,
they should do some soul searching."
Lieberman added that he expects every one of them to condemn the murder.
In the West Bank, the Awarta Village Council head Kais Awad demanded
an international investigation into the IDF's investigative tactics following the massacre, Army Radio reported.
According to Awad, the investigation was conducted with Israeli
"exclusivity." Awad mentioned that some 100 women and children had been
arrested, adding that the Israeli investigation amounted to collective punishment on the village.
"We question the dubious Israeli approach and demand an international
investigation. In the last 35 days the Israelis managed the
investigation according to their own stipulations, and were able to
produce evidence according to their needs. They have a policy of
collective punishment against us," Awad told Army Radio.
Awad added that "the murder of children is unacceptable."