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'We Should Counter Terrorism with Construction'

Rabbis, city officials gather at special prayer rally at the murder site of Baruch Mizrahi and call on Netanyahu to stand up for Israel.
By Eliran Aharon
First Publish: 4/18/2014, 3:46 PM

Prayer rally
Prayer rally
Arutz Sheva Staff

Dozens of people attended a prayer rally in Hevron Friday afternoon, at the spot where Baruch Mizrahi hy"d, a high ranking intelligence official, was murdered. 

Yohai Demari, Head of the Har Hevron Regional Council, called the rally at the site of the attack to call on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not to release more Palestinian Arab terrorists in light of Mizrahi's murder.

Instead of capitulating to pressure to release more terrorists and resume talks, Demari said that that more construction in the region is in order.

According to Demari, constructing more Jewish homes in the area would be "hitting them where it's the most painful [. . .] by allowing construction tenders to go through as an answer to more murder, more terror."

Malachi Levinger, Kiryat Arba Regional Council Head, also called on Netanyahu not to release more terrorists. Instead, according to Levinger, "the government is obligated to strengthen Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria."

"Every destructive act should be met with more construction," he added. "We must bring new families here, we must build more homes here and we must bring the Jewish people here." 

Also present was the Rabbi of Kiryat Arba, Rabbi Dov Lior, who gave an emotional speech supporting the Mizrahi family. He, too, urged the Israeli government to fight terrorism, not to release terrorists and to expand their hold on the land of Israel.

Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi, hy"d, a high-ranking commander in the Intelligence Division of the Israeli Police, was murdered outside of Hevron on Monday in a brutal terror attack.

Mizrahi was shot by Palestinian Arab terrorists while he and his family were driving to the Passover Seder, in an attack which fatally wounded him and injured his pregnant wife. He w was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday. 

Mizrahi's murder has caused considerable outcry among politicians and the Israeli public, who have called on Netanyahu not to resume peace talks in light of the attack. Demari, in particular, called on the government to enact full Israeli sovereignty in Hevron in light of Mizrahi's murder.