'Shelly Dadon's Killers Should Fear Us'

Naftali Bennett pays condolence call to the Dadon family. Bennett: 'Murderers should not be released, they should be in jail.'

Hezki Baruch and Tova Dvorin , | updated: 6:36 PM

Bennett visits the Dadon family
Bennett visits the Dadon family

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home/Bayit Yehudi) made a shiva call (condolence visit) to the Dadon family in Afula on Monday, who are mourning over their 20 year-old daughter - a possible victim of terror-related murder. 

"Shelly Dadon is the daughter of all of us," Bennett said to the family, "our daughter who was brutally murdered on her way to look for work. It is the responsibility of the Israeli government to ensure that our citizens will be able to walk around on the street."

"We should not be afraid of her killers - her killers should be afraid of us," he continued. "Murderers should not be released, murderers should be in jail."

Later, Bennett posted additional reactions on his Facebook page. "I just visited with [Shelly's] parents and brother who are sitting shiva in Afula," he wrote. "I have no words of condolence. I really don’t."

"Shelly’s parents only had one request: Do not release murderers," he continued. "It is terrible that is what occurs to parents the moment their daughter was murdered."

"I promise to use all of my strength to prevent us from even talking about the release of murderers and to shift the focus back on protecting our children," he added. 

Police found Dadon's body in an abandoned Migdal Haemek parking lot Thursday night. The Shin Bet is still hunting for the killer, who apparently fled into the woods.

Dadon had no criminal record; she had been on her way to a job interview but did not make contact with her family for several hours. Family say she tried to make contact, saying she was being strangled; when they found out that she had never shown up for the interview, they contacted police. Her body was found a short time later by patrolmen.

Sources say that while the Shin Bet stated that the murder is a terror attack - not a criminal murder - both possibilities are being investigated. Police are still looking into all leads in the case.

Earlier Monday, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beytenu) indicated that the police was very close to identifying, and apprehending, Dadon's killer. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also called Ya'akov Dadon, Shelly's father, and stated that police were making "every effort" to arrest those responsible for the murder.