“We will deepen our roots and strike our enemies,” said Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement to the press. “We will continue to strengthen and develop the settlements.”
In response to the terror attack that killed 17-year-old Rina Shnerb while she was out hiking with her father and brother, who were injured in the attack, Netanyahu approved the building of 300 new homes in a new neighborhood in Dolev, a Jewish settlement in Samaria 27 km (17 miles) north-west of Jerusalem, and just miles from the site of the murder.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh praised the attack as “proof of the vitality and bravery of the Palestinian people, and of the fact that it will not surrender to the crimes and terrorism of the occupation.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to condemn this or any other attack against Israelis. The PA has a policy of paying salaries to the families of terrorists who are either caught or killed in the attacks, a policy that Israel calls “pay-to-slay.”
In a cynical attempt to justify the brutal killing, Palestinian media outlets reported incorrectly that Rina was a soldier and a settler, according to Palestinian Media Watch. She was neither.
The cold-blooded murder of the young girl has rocked the country and was not the only incident that stirred Netanyahu to ignore international criticism and strengthen the Jewish settlements in the biblical heartlands. Over the course of the past week, Palestinian Arab terrorists stabbed and wounded an Israeli in the Old City of Jerusalem, drove a car into Israelis standing at a bus stop near Elazar, fired rockets at Sderot, set fields on fire in the western Negev, threw hand grenades at Israeli soldiers near the Gaza fence, and tried to stone Jews to death at the Tomb of Joseph.