Netanyahu vows: We'll catch the terrorist

In response to murder of Dafna Meir, PM 'embraces her family,' promises terrorist 'will pay the full price.'

Hezki Baruch ,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
Knesset spokesperson

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded on Sunday night to the murder of Dafna Meir, a 39-year-old woman who was stabbed to death by an Arab terrorist at her home in Otniel in southern Judea.

"Dafna Meir, a mother to six, was cruelly murdered this evening by a Palestinian terrorist at the entrance to her home in the town of Otniel," said Netanyahu.

"In the name of all citizens of Israel I ask to embrace and strengthen her family members this evening. We all feel the pain and join in the heavy sadness."

Netanyahu promised: "we will find the terrorist and he will pay the full price for this heinous murder."

Regarding the punishment of terrorists, Israel has a death penalty on the law books, but it has only been implemented once in 1962 against Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann. A vote was held last July on applying the death penalty to terrorists, but the Knesset overwhelmingly voted against it 94-6. Yisrael Beytenu proposed the bill and its MKs were the only ones to vote for it.

In response to the attack on Sunday night the Yesha council called on the government "to enable the development of Har Hevron communities, and to approve building plans this very evening."

Residents of Otniel have been asked to stay in their homes over concerns the terrorist may still be hiding out in the town, although it is estimated that the murderer fled the community. The terrorist had been working in the town, and his familiarity with Otniel apparently aided him.

Mortars and flares are being used in hunting the terrorist, as are drones.