Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) is first cousins with the father of the 13-year-old terror victim, Hallel-Yaffa Ariel, of Kiryat Arba.
MK Ariel spoke with Arutz Sheva and said the response to the attack should be immediate. “Vengeance will be in the hands of God, but for us, revenge is the continuation of building and living," he said.
“Such is always the case, especially when an incident like this happens where they try so hard to uproot us from the land of Israel, that is when we need to connect to Israel. We hope that the government and the prime minister will wise-up and will agree to build what is necessary in Kiryat Arba and Hevron."
Minister Ariel rejects the idea of building more fences to protect the communities, claiming it to be nonsensical as it has no effect in reality: “To my knowledge there already is a fence, but it is so close to the homes because it is forbidden to build on the land might belong to the Arabs. The terrorist was seen but he still managed to reach the house before the security squad".
Ariel suggested aggressive deterrents,rather than fences, were necessary . “It means to expel the families of the terrorists, to destroy the terrorists' houses and build thousands of housing units in Judea and Samaria and to plant thousands of trees.”
“Talk of fences, raising the fences, or electronic surveillance deals with the ‘what if’ and that will not solve the problem. We must drain the entire swamp instead of dealing with each individual mosquito,” concluded Ariel.