In his remarks following a meeting with security officials, Prime Minister Yair Lapid says Palestinian gunmen will pay “a very high price” for snatching and holding the body of a young Israeli man, Tiran Fero, in Jenin after he died following a car crash.
Fero’s uncle has claimed the gunmen murdered the 18-year-old, disconnecting him from life support while he was alive.
“Israel has proven in recent months that there is no place and no terrorist that it does not know how to reach, from the Old City of Nablus, the refugee camp in Jenin, to arenas near and far,” Lapid says.
“If Tiran’s body is not returned, the kidnappers will pay a heavy price,” he adds.
Presumed incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu similarly says in a statement that Fero’s kidnapping “is a villainous act by savage people,” saying Israel must act “with all means” to return his body.