Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Liberman on Friday evening said that the Israeli government was to blame for the terrorist attack near Otniel.
The attack, said Liberman, was “a direct result of the government's conduct of containment instead of decision-making.”
“Hamas leaders in Gaza welcome the murder of Jews, urge Palestinians in the Hevron hills to disassemble security cameras in order to make it difficult for security forces, and send the Palestinians in Gaza to confront Israeli soldiers on the border fence,” continued Liberman.
“They, the leaders of Hamas in Gaza, do all of this out of the certainty that the Prime Minister and Defense Minister granted them immunity and no one will hurt them, and this is the result. This is not how you fight terrorism,” he concluded.
Both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad welcomed Friday’s terrorist attack, in which terrorists ambushed a family vehicle and sprayed it with bullets, killing two people.
In a statement, Hamas praised what it called the "heroic operation carried out by the resistance south of Hevron."
The attack, said the terrorist organization, "represents a qualitative development in the Al-Quds Intifada. It proves that the resistance can deter the occupation, which only understands the language of force".
Similarly, the Islamic Jihad said that the attack was a response to "the crime committed by the occupation in the Hevron hospital yesterday", a reference to the IDF’s operation to apprehend a wanted terrorist who was in a hospital in Hevron. The terrorist's cousin was killed during the operation after he resisted arrest.
IDF soldiers are currently sweeping the area in an attempt to intercept the terrorists. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizeknot ordered reinforcements to the area in order to swiftly capture the terrorists.
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