Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said on Thursday night that the attempted terror attack near Mitzpeh Yericho is proof that the Palestinian Authority is not interested in reaching a peace agreement with Israel.
"The terrorist attack is another expression of the fact that the Palestinians do not want peace,” Hotovely said, adding, “The Arab League’s peace plan will not yield any results, just as similar initiatives have not achieved anything. The Palestinians and their leaders do not want peace, do not recognize the Jewish people's right to live here and the escalation proves it. Thank G-d this time it ended without casualties.”
Thursday’s attack occurred when a terrorist opened fire at two people in Wadi Kelt, near Mitzpeh Yericho. The two were attacked as they sat in a car.
The two people targeted, an Israeli woman from Mevaseret Tzion and a European tourist, were not hurt.
The two told police that they had been touring the area when they noticed an Arab man nearby acting suspiciously. When they returned to their car, he attempted to shoot them. The IDF is investigating the incident.
Earlier this week, Evyatar Borovsky of Yitzhar was killed in a stabbing attack at the Tapuach Junction.
The relatives of Salam al-Zaghal, the terrorist who murdered Borovosky, have said they are proud of him and that he “did his duty toward the Palestinians who live under the aggression of the army and settlers.”
On Tuesday, just hours after the killing, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party published a statement terming Al-Zaghal a “hero.”