Bibi pays condolence call to Hallel-Yaffa's family

PM Netanyahu, Ministers Liberman and Ariel, Kiryat Arba-Hevron council head visit bereaved family of terror victim.

Ido Ben-Porat,

Government leaders at Ariel family home
Government leaders at Ariel family home
Amos Ben-Gershon, GPO

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu paid a condolence call on Hallel-Yaffa Ariel's family in Kiryat Arba on Friday morning.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) joined Netanyahu, along with Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) and Kiryat Arba-Hevron council head Malachi Levinger.

Netanyahu spoke with Hallel's parents and listened to stories about their 13-year-old daughter who was murdered in a vicious terror attack on Thursday.

"We strengthen this place," he said. "Apart from the fighting, we will make it stronger. I will sit with the Defense Minister and we will decide how to strengthen the community.

"To see Hallel's room, to see the blood stains next to her bed and the books and clothes of a small child, this is shocking. It reminds us again who we are facing. They want to uproot what has been planted and we will deepen the roots. They will not make us leave here. I was impressed by this splendid family. Their spirit will not break and neither will ours. We will deepen the roots."

Ariel added: "I thank the Prime Minister for coming here to console the mourners, the Ariel gamily in Kiryat Arba. The parents are determined to continue to build and be built here in the area along with the Prime Minister who will decide what needs to be done vis-à-vis security and regarding the community. We are continuing on the Jewish People's long journey. Together we will win."

At the same time that the politicians were at the Ariel home, another terrorist tried to carry out a stabbing attack in nearby Hevron.

A 27-year-old woman from the village of Bani Naim - the same village where Ariel's murderer came from - approached a Border Police stand outside of the Tomb of the Patriarchs and pulled out a knife. A nearby officer shot and killed her. There were no other injuries.