'Price Tag' vandalism (illustrative)
'Price Tag' vandalism (illustrative) Flash 90

A memorial to former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was defaced overnight Thursday. Friday morning found the monument in Tel Aviv bearing the words “Price tag” and “Free Yigal Amir.”

Unlike in similar cases of “price tag” vandalism, police managed to nab a suspect immediately, and the young man in question confessed to his actions at once.

The man in question, today in his mid-20s, lost his parents and multiple siblings in a terrorist bombing as a teenager. His family’s killer is among the terrorists expected to be released next week in exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

He told investigators that he had perpetrated the vandalism for what police termed “ideological reasons.”

Police made the decision to release him to house arrest due to his life circumstances, but said the case against him would continue. Officers will present their evidence to state prosecutors, who will decide whether or not to put the young man on trial.

In a repeat of past incidents of “price tag” graffiti, the press initially suggested that nationalist Jews living in Judea and Samaria were to blame. In fact, the suspect is a resident of the Tel Aviv region.