Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely joined the class of schoolchildren who returned to the site where they were attacked by an Arab lynch mob during a bar mitzvah hike last week.

"People here are saying we're not afraid," Hotovely said.

"Last week, a group of young bar mitzvah boys were attacked by local Arabs that were trying to be violent, and tried to scare them."

"Today you see the entire Shomron (Samaria) is here. People came to say 'we're not afraid. We're here to walk around the State of Israel, the Land of Israel'."

Hotovely also noted the recent declaration by President Trump this week, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Deputy Foreign Minister said that while the US still did not recognize Israel's right to build in Judea and Samaria, change was just a matter of time.

"We waited 70 years till the world recognized Jerusalem, so we have enough patience to [wait for them] to understand that this [Samaria] is a part of Israel."