Politicians condemned the arson attack on the Palestinian village of Duma in the strongest terms on Friday, after a one-and-a-half-year-old baby was killed and four others injured.
"The fire and the murder of the Palestinian toddler is an act of terrorism," Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said in a statement. "We will not allow terrorists to take the lives of Palestinians."
"This is not a hate crime, this is not a 'price tag' attack; this is murder," Education Minister MK Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) stated Friday morning. "The arson of a home in Duma and the murder of a baby is an insane act of terror, that the mind cannot fathom."
"I call on security forces to work diligently to get to the perpetrators in order to punish them to the full extent of the law."
Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Liberman "condemns the criminal act in the village of Duma, and it is the security forces' responsibility to find those responsible and to exact justice against them quickly."
"This is a blow against both the foundation of democracy in the State of Israel and the settlement movement," he added.
Connections with previous attacks?
Zionist Union chairman and Opposition leader MK Yitzhak Herzog connected the Duma attack with Thursday's stabbing at the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade.
"These are terrible days," he said. "Yesterday in Jerusalem and today with the hate crime in Duma. The death of a baby and the arson of a home are terrible tragedies. This is terror in every way of the worst kind, the (Mohammed) Abu-Khdeir attack repeats itself and demands we don sackcloth and ashes – nationally."
"Security forces must redouble and investigate the attack with all of its resources, including a wave of arrests and interrogations until the perpetrators are brought to justice."
"I call on my brothers on the other side of the political spectrum: there needs to be a soul-searching done here," he added.
Jewish Home MK Yinon Magal also connected the Duma attack to a different terror attack – but from an entirely different perspective.
"The attack in Duma is right next to where Malachi Rosenfeld, hy"d, was murdered," Magal noted on Twitter, referring to a Hamas shooting attack last month on four Jews from Kohav Hashahar. "Yesterday marked thirty days [since Rosenfeld died of his wounds, ending a cycle of Jewish mourning – ed.]."
"I am guessing that this despicable act came as revenge," he added. "That's not our way."
Magal's words sparked a heated dialogue with former head of the Yesha Council, Dani Dayan.
"We should tell the truth: this nearly happened before in Hawara," Dayan tweeted. "It was inevitable. We knew it and we despised it. We fought it, but not as well as we should have." Dayan further accused Magal of "whitewashing" the attack.
Extreme leftist and Peace Now leader Yariv Oppenheimer then jumped in on the Twitter war, stating that Magal "justified the attack in one half" of the statement and "politely condemned it" in the other.
"One more condemnation like this and we're all lost," he claimed.