Israelis from across the political spectrum expressed outrage and disgust over the slaying of Arab teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir allegedly by Jewish extremists on July 2.
Israeli security forces announced on Sunday that they had arrested six Israelis in connection to the murder. The motive appears to have been revenge for the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens last month, allegedly by terror group Hamas.
On Sunday, after the arrests were announced, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said: “The Jerusalem District of the Israel Police and the Shabak have arrested several youths on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. I would like to thank all those involved in the work, who, since the event, have devoted maximum efforts to uncovering and arresting the perpetrators.
“The State of Israel is a country that abides by, and enforces, the law, and will continue to take determined action against all those who violate the law. I ask that everyone show responsibility and work to prevent further disturbances. This was a shocking and unacceptable act which any sane person, certainly in a strong and democratic country such as the State of Israel, must strongly condemn.”
Outside of the home of Naftali Frankel, one of the three murdered teens, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “I am visiting today with my family, the families of Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, who were murdered by Hamas terrorists. I promised their dear families that we will continue to stand by them, even after the days of mourning.”
After referencing Israel’s ongoing operations against Hamas Netanyahu said: “I would like to send my condolences to the Abu Khdeir family. I pledge that the perpetrators of this horrific crime, which must be resolutely condemned in the most forceful language. I pledge that the perpetrators of this horrific crime will face the full weight of the law. I know that in our society, the society of Israel, there is no place for such murderers. And that’s the difference between us and our neighbors.”
“They consider murderers to be heroes. They name public squares after them. We don’t. We condemn them and we put them on trial and we’ll put them in prison. And that’s not the only difference. While we put these murderers on trial, in the Palestinian Authority, there is continuous incitement for the destruction of the State of Israel. It’s a staple of the official media and the educational system. This is an asymmetrical conflict. We do not seek their destruction; they teach a very broad segment of their society to seek our destruction. And that must end. There is too much suffering. There is too much pain. We do not differentiate between the terrorists and we will respond to all of them, wherever they come from, with a firm hand. We will not allow extremists from wherever they come to ignite the region and shed more blood.”
On Monday, Netanyahu spoke with Hussein Abu Khdeir, Muhammad’s father.