Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) responded on Saturday night to the abduction and murder of 20-year-old soldier Tomer Hazan at the hands of a Palestinian Authority Arab.
"The murder of soldier Tomer Hazan z”l is a terrible reminder that Israel deals daily with the murderous terrorism of beastly people,” said Lapid.
“We must not leave the security of Israel to anyone except ourselves,” he added.
Hazan was abducted Friday and murdered in Samaria by Nadal Amar, an Arab terrorist from the village of Bayt Amin, near Kalkilya. Amar, who worked at a restaurant in Bat Yam with Hazan, had somehow convinced Hazan to take a cab with him to Samaria, where he proceeded to murder him and dispose of his body.
Early morning Saturday, IDF forces, together with Yamam special police and Shin Bet, raided the home of Amar's family and arrested him, together with another brother. Nadal Amar confessed under interrogation that he persuaded the soldier to come to his village and murdered him.
Following his confession, Amar led security forces to the body. It is believed Amar may have planned to demand that Israel release his brother, a Fatah terrorist who has been imprisoned for a decade, in exchange for Hazan’s body.
Economy Minister and Bayit Yehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett said Saturday evening that Hazan’s murder “reminds us who our partners are,” referring to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas who heads the Fatah faction.
“One does not make peace with terrorists who throw the bodies of soldiers into a pit. Rather, one fights them without mercy,” Bennett stated.