Israel arrests 8 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israel's security forces are in the middle of an intensive manhunt for the Palestinian terrorist who killed an Israeli Defense Forces' soldier and an Israeli civilian in the West Bank outside of Ariel on Sunday, and wounded another soldier before fleeing into a Palestinian village, ditching a stolen vehicle and disappearing. I am deeply saddened to hear that Rabbi Achiad Ettinger, a father of 12 from the settlement of Eli, died of his injuries on Monday, a day after being shot by a Palestinian attacker.

Israel has come under harsh condemnation over the past several years for its response to attacks committed by Palestinians on Israelis, which rights groups have said amounted to "collective punishment" on family members and entire communities in a clear violation of worldwide law.

A soldier hit by the shooter at the Gitai Junction remains in serious condition.

"These terrorists will not uproot us from here", Netanyahu said while visiting the site of the attack near the Ariel settlement in the West Bank on Monday.

He wrote: "The people of Israel are mourning the murder of Rabbi Achiad Ettinger".

Israeli troops went house to house overnight in search of the assailant, identified as a 19-year-old Palestinian with no known affiliation with a militant organization.


Ettinger, who managed to fire four bullets at the attacker from his vehicle after being shot in the head and neck, was the founder of the Oz V'emuna hesder yeshiva in South Tel Aviv.

"Anyone looking at the facts can tell that we are the rightful owners of this land, no matter how the settlers try to spin it", Alwan said in the CCR statement.

Israel has called on Palestinians for years to halt the stipends, which benefit roughly 35,000 families of Palestinians killed, wounded, or jailed in the conflict with Israel, many of them accused of involvement in terror. Palestinian gun, knife or car-ramming attacks against Israeli settlers and soldiers occur sporadically in the West Bank.

The news outlet also reported that Israeli forces are still searching for the attack suspect.

Sunday's incident follows two deadly shootings by Palestinians against Israelis in December. Gantz, a former armed forces chief, said Regev was using Israeli deaths for "political propaganda".

Israel often demolishes homes of alleged Palestinian assailants or their families as a policy it says deters future attacks. According to the Shin Bet, last month saw 89 Palestinian attacks in the area, including dozens of fire-bombings and pipe bombs, although this number is down compared to January's figure of 116 attacks. The Trump administration has cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians amid the PA's boycott of the White House for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


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