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Gantz says Jerusalem bombers’ time ‘limited,’ urges PA to help return Israeli’s body held in Jenin

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks at the IDF Central Command headquarters in Jerusalem, November 23, 2022. (Elad Malka/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks at the IDF Central Command headquarters in Jerusalem, November 23, 2022. (Elad Malka/Defense Ministry)

Outgoing Defense Minister Benny Gantz issues a warning to those involved in this morning’s bombing attack in Jerusalem, following a meeting with military officials.

This morning, a teenager was killed and more than 20 people were hurt in two bombings at bus stops in Jerusalem.

“The time of the perpetrators of attacks, the planners of attacks, and the financiers of attacks, is limited,” Gantz says in a statement at the IDF Central Command headquarters in Jerusalem.

Speaking about the body of an Israeli man, Tiran Fero, currently held by Palestinian gunmen in Jenin, Gantz says he expects the Palestinian Authority to work to have him returned to his family for burial.

“I have an unequivocal expectation from the Palestinian Authority for its security mechanisms to act for the immediate return of his body. This is a basic humanitarian issue,” Gantz says.

“Either way, Israel is obligated to return Tiran to his family, and so it shall be,” he adds.

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