'Gov't responsible for W. Bank murder'

Leaders from the Right attack state policy following deaths of two Israelis in West Bank terror attack.

uri Ariel 248.88 (photo credit: Knesset)
uri Ariel 248.88
(photo credit: Knesset)
"The government is responsible for the murder today," Kiryat Arba council head Tzvi Katsover said Friday following the deaths of two Israelis in a shooting attack near Hebron. The two victims of the terror attack were Kiryat Arba residents. "The government frees terrorists, gives them weapons and the results on the ground are clear," Katsover said. In a statement issued Friday, the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip (Yesha), called the shooting attack "a result of the government's reckless policy of releasing terrorists." According to an Army Radio report, the council demanded that the government disband a ministerial committee which is currently considering whether to ease the criteria for releasing Palestinian prisoners. "[The government should be reinforcing the security of Israeli citizens, not [strengthening] Abu Mazen (Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas)," the statement said. MK Uri Ariel (NU/NRP) called the attack "further proof that Palestinian terrorism raises its head when it identifies weaknesses and concessions by the Israeli government. The release of terrorists and the freezing of settlement construction which the prime minister has championed are a tail-wind for terror."