Israel eliminates rabbi's Palestinian killer

Sunday, December 27, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

The Israeli army on Saturday shot and killed the Palestinian terrorist responsible for a roadside shooting two days earlier that left an Israeli rabbi and father of seven dead.

Israeli troops surrounded the home of the terrorist in the Samarian city of Nablus and demanded that he surrender himself. When the terrorist refused, the troops opened fire, killing him and two accomplices.

Israeli settlers, who have been at odds of late with the security establishment over enforcement of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's temporary settlement freeze, praised the swift retaliation following an attack on one of their own.

However, settler leaders noted that had the government and army not succumbed to American pressure to remove so many roadblocks in the area, Thursday's fatal shooting that left Rabbi Avshalom Chai dead probably wouldn't have happened.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority condemned Israel for eliminating Rabbi Chai's killer, and accused the Jewish state of reinstating an "assassination policy." PA Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaineh said that rather than Palestinian terrorist attacks on Jews, it was Israel's retaliatory operations that were dragging the region into violence instead of peace.

However, many Palestinians who spoke to local media outlets insisted that the Israeli raid on the terrorist's Nablus hideout was facilitated by PA security forces. They noted that prior to the operation, all PA security personnel left the area.

Hamas jumped at the opportunity to further defame the PA by accusing it of "collaboration" with the Zionist enemy. Of course, the various agreements between Israel and the Palestinians obligate the latter to collaborate at every level with Israel to end the scourge of Islamic terror in the region.

Israeli security officials praised what they called "determined and impressive" action by PA security forces in the wake of Rabbi Chai's murder, including the arrest of some 120 suspects. That praise further strengthened claims that the Palestinian Authority was cooperating with Israel at some level.

Many Israelis are waiting for the day that the Palestinians are no longer speaking out of both sides of their mouths by cooperating with Israel behinds the scenes (if indeed that is what happened) and then condemning the Jewish state in public.

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