Baruch Marzel
Baruch MarzelHadas Parush/Flash 90

Leading nationalist activist Baruch Marzel of Hevron on Friday morning responded to the murder of a young couple outside Itamar in Samaria the previous night by squarely holding the government to blame for not preventing the tragedy.

Marzel revealed what he called the government's "share" in the murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin in front of their children, in an attack claimed by Fatah terrorists.

"When I wrote here several days ago that the blood of murdered Jews is first of all on the government of Israel, many were shocked by my words," began the veteran Hevron activist.

"Here is the proof: the road where the holy couple Eitam and Naama Henkin hy''d were murdered last night was closed to the cars of Arabs, who are mistakenly called 'Palestinians.'"

"This March the government decided to open the road to free traffic," said Marzel. "Yesterday came the price, the heavy and unbelievable price."

The government has in several instances opened roads in the region in recent months despite the warnings of residents.

In one incident in May, police were forced to re-close a road leading from Ramallah to the town of Bitin in Samaria to Arab traffic just hours after it was opened, after an Arab car blocked a Jewish car on its way to Beit El in a potential set up for an attack.