Defense Minister Benny Gantz vows that Israel will capture the two suspected terrorists who carried out a deadly attack in Elad on Thursday, killing three people, and “all those involved” in the incident, says a Defense Ministry statement.
Gantz held a meeting with top military and security officials earlier Saturday as the manhunt for the terrorists continues some 48 hours after the attack. Military chief Aviv Kohavi, Shin Bet security agency head Ronen Bar, and other top IDF commanders and ministry officials took part in the meeting.
“We will capture the terrorists and hit everyone involved in this incident,” Gantz says in the statement. “We are in the midst of a tense [period] facing [a] brutal terror [wave]. The IDF, the Shin Bet and the Police are cooperating… and we are examining and considering our steps.”
The search for the suspected terrorists expanded from the area immediately around Elad to also include a number of nearby Arab communities and the area of the West Bank security barrier.
A senior police official told the Ynet news site on Saturday that “as the hours go by, we are focusing more efforts on intelligence, even though we are still continuing our searches with large forces on the ground and in the air.”
The report said security services were hoping that Palestinian suspects As’ad Yousef As’ad al-Rifa’i, 19, and Subhi Emad Subhi Abu Shqeir, 20, would soon make an error and expose their whereabouts. Both are from the village Rumana outside Jenin in the northern West Bank.
Suggested scenarios included the two moving to a new location, or seeking assistance from relatives or local residents.