Netanyahu: Israel’s ‘long arm’ will reach every terrorist

Netanyahu praised the Israeli security forces for liquidating the terrorist responsible for killing two Israelis at the Barkan Industrial Park on October 7, and for capturing the terrorists involved in the Ofra shooting.

By World Israel News Staff

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Israeli security forces for liquidating the terrorist responsible for killing two Israelis and wounding a third at the Barkan Industrial Park on October 7, Maariv reports.

“I praise the Shin Bet, the IDF and the Yamam [Israel’s counter-terrorism unit] for their impressive actions that led to the identification and liquidation of the lowly terrorist from the attack in Barkan,” Netanyahu, who is also acting as defense minister, said. “Israel’s long hand will reach anyone who harms Israeli citizens.”

It took two months, but Israel finally got their man. Ashraf Na’alowa, a 23-year-old Palestinian terrorist, died in a a shoot-out with Israeli security forces in the city of Nablus, Wednesday night. Security forces said they had passed close by his hiding place several times during their months-long sweeps but had just missed him.

Na’alowa had killed Kim Levongrand-Yehezkel, 28, who left behind a husband and 18-month-old son, and Ziv Hajabi, 35, a father of three, at the Alon Metal factory at the Barkan industrial zone, where thousand of Jews and Arabs work together and which has largely been free of terrorism. Na’alowa also shot and seriously injured a third person, a 54-year-old woman, in the attack.

The prime minister also thanked the Israel Defense Forces for capturing the terrorists responsible for the shooting at the hitch-hiking station near the town of Ofra in Samaria on Sunday, Dec. 9. A 21-year-old pregnant woman, Shira Ish-Ran, wounded in the attack, lost her baby after undergoing an emergency C-section. She is expected to recover.

Erdan praises success

The Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, also praised the security forces on their success. Erdan thanked “the Israel Police and the Shin Bet security service who closed the account tonight with the despicable terrorist who murdered Kim and Ziv and also for liquidating the terrorist involved in the Ofra shooting.”

“It was another night in which the citizens of Israel were witness to the operational activity of Israel’s heroic police, who stand guard day and night. I am proud of them and salute them. Thanks from the bottom of the heart,” he said, according to the Maariv report.

Other ministers praised the operations as well.

Yair Lapid, of the opposition party Yesh Atid, tweeted, “Security forces eliminated tonight the despicable terrorist who murdered Kim Yezhekel-Levongrand and Ziv Hajbi in the attack in Barkan. Every terrorist should know that the hand of the IDF will reach them in every place.”