'This is war'
Father of Firebomb Victim Slams 'Flawed' IDF

Avner Shapira, father of 11-year-old critically wounded in firebomb attack, slams military for not doing enough to pursue terrorists.

Yoni Kempinski ,

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Avner Shapira, the father of 11-year-old Ayala who was seriously wounded in a firebombing attack Thursday night in Ma'ale Shomron, Samaria, criticized the security system Friday over its lackadaisical approach toward Arab terrorism. 

"All of this treating the incident as if it were a criminal event - the idea of treating some young criminals who throw bombs at cars as criminals is a fundamentally flawed concept," Shapira told IDF Radio Friday. 

According to him, they are trying to solve military problems by legal means, clerical and administrative procedures - not through military operations, as they should.

"There is a clear war [here] and we must send the army to chase wanted men instead of just military operations," he added.

Ayala was seriously wounded in the firebomb attack Thursday night, and Avner was lightly wounded. Both were taken to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, where Ayala's condition reportedly stabilized somewhat overnight. The public is asked to pray for Ayala bat Rut. 

Two terrorists took part in the terrorist attack Thursday. One of them approached the car and slowed traffic in that lane. When the vehicle slowed down, the terrorist threw a petrol bomb on the car, hitting Ayala in the upper body.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called Deputy Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan in the attack's wake, saying "we're with you, strengthening you and ask to send wishes for a complete recovery for Ayala and Avner."