President Reuven Rivlin responded on Thursday evening to the deadly terrorist attack near Itamar, in which parents were murdered in front of their four children.
"Tonight, bloodthirsty murderers claimed the lives of a mother and a father, leaving their young children orphaned. The heart breaks at the magnitude of such cruelty and hatred,” the President said.
“We will continue in our brave and unwavering fight against this cruel and heinous terrorism - of this our enemies can be sure. This is our duty, and the only way we can ensure the right of the orphans who lost their parents tonight, along with the right of all our children and grandchildren, to live with security and in peace, everywhere in the Land of Israel,” he added.
"We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured children - our hearts and thoughts are with them," concluded Rivlin.
Israeli ministers earlier lost no time in condemning the terror attack, connecting it with Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas's UN speech the day before in which he announced the PA is abandoning the Oslo Accords.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said, "Abbas is inciting and the on the ground they are incited, and this is how the murderous mechanism that motivates murderous terror attacks in Judea and Samaria works."
"This type of incident is more proof that the Palestinians do not want peace but rather hatred, not dialogue but rather incitement and hatred. I strengthen the hands of the security forces in their search after the lowly murderers," she added.
Also blaming Abbas was Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home), who said, "This murderous incident that leaves behind a family orphaned of its parents is an outcome and direct continuation of Abbas's mask of lies at the UN yesterday."
"The responsibility is his, and his alone, and he must give an accounting for it. The response to the awful murder must be the annexation of Area C, an expansion of the settlement in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria," he said, calling for the myriad of blocs under full Israeli control in Judea and Samaria to be annexed.