Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) on Wednesday visited the Border Patrol guard who was stabbed at Rachel's Tomb on Monday, by her bedside at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.
"We visited now the wounded, who have shown very impressive courage, composure, and spirit," Netanyahu stated. "We, the Defense Minister and I, wished them a speedy recovery, and of course we express condolences for Eliezer and Sara [Rosenfeld] who lost their son, Malachi – who was exceptional and unique, and there is no pain greater than the pain of parents who lose a son or daughter, and the hearts of all the citizens of Israel with them."
"We have thwarted over two hundred attempted attacks since the beginning of last year, and we will also get to these murderers and terrorists," he continued. "We will also exact a heavy price on the terrorists and their dispatchers and their supporters."
"I want to express my condolences to the Rosenfeld family on [the death of their son] Malachi, may his memory be for a blessing," Ya'alon added. "We are all family and we embrace them. I also want to wish a speedy recovery to the wounded, who we just visited in the hospital – between the doctors here and [the passing of] time, I hope they make a speedy recovery."
"The IDF in Judea and Samaria continues to work to get its hands on the terrorists, aided by the Israel Security Agency [ISA or Shin Bet], and I believe it will happen sooner than later," he added. "There is also terrorism fueled by Palestinian Authority incitement, and even foreign pressure; Iran has begun funding Hamas, with pressure to carry out attacks."
Ya'alon also related the terror trend within Israel to the attacks erupting worldwide.
"There is Islamist terrorism throughout the Middle East, and I here want to commiserate and to embrace the Egyptian people for the tragic events this morning in Sinai," he said, referring to a coordinated Islamic State (ISIS) attack which killed over 50 people. "The attack is very difficult with dozens killed, which certainly highlights that terrorism is ongoing in the Middle East."
"Behind this terror is a state like Iran, and organizations like ISIS, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad – and it is our job, together with other countries, to confront terrorism, to cooperate and act so as not to allow [terrorism] to raise its head."