“And to hell with you, Obama and the rest of the world, if you don’t like it.”
BehindtheNews Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday approved construction for 42 new housing units in the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba, where a 13-year-old girl was murdered in her bed by an Arab terrorist earlier this week.
Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, was killed on Thursday after an Arab terrorist breached the settlement security perimeter and broke into a house in Kiryat Arba and stabbed the sleeping girl in her bedroom.
Speaking to the bereaved Ariel family by phone on Friday, Netanyahu promised to strengthen the Jewish community.
The tender for the additional housing units was initiated a year and a half ago, but was frozen when no contractors applied for their construction. The bidding process has now been re-opened.
The approval of the new housing units comes as Israeli politicians demand tougher measures against terrorists in the wake of a spate of terror attacks over the past week.
Since Thursday, two Israelis have been killed and six others injured in four separate terror attacks. The Israeli army on Friday imposed a closure on and around Hevron in the “most substantial steps on the ground” since 2014.
Netanyahu also ordered Israel to counteract money transfers from the Palestinian Authority commonly given to terrorists’ families by deducting the amount from Israel’s monthly tax revenue transfers to the PA.
But Israeli politicians, including Education Minister Naftali Bennett called for more action and suggested the imprisonment or expulsion of terrorists’ families, saying that Israel should also resume full military activity in Judea-Samaria areas that are under the control of the Palestinian Authority.