US calls for prosecution of those responsible for Huwara rampage, compensation for property damage

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Settlers pray as cars and homes burn in the West Bank town of Huwara on February 26, 2023. (Screenshot/Twitter; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Settlers pray as cars and homes burn in the West Bank town of Huwara on February 26, 2023. (Screenshot/Twitter; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

US State Department spokesman Ned Price says the Biden administration expects Israel to prosecute those responsible for yesterday’s deadly settler rampage of Huwara and provide compensation for the Palestinians whose homes and property were destroyed or damage.

“We expect the Israeli government to ensure full accountability and legal prosecution of those responsible for these attacks, in addition to compensation for the loss of homes and property,” Price says during the daily press briefing, calling the rampage “completely unacceptable.”

“Accountability and justice should be pursued with equal rigor in all cases of extremist violence and equal resources [should be] dedicated to prevent such attacks and bring those responsible to justice,” he adds.

Price again condemns the terror shooting on Sunday, in which two Israeli brothers were killed while driving through the northern West Bank town of Huwara, along with the terror shooting earlier Monday in which a 27-year-old Israeli-American was killed while driving near the West Bank city of Jericho.

The State Department spokesman expresses his appreciation for the remarks made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog, who called on Israelis to refrain from taking the law into their own hands.

He says the latest incidents of violence “underscore the fragility of the situation in the West Bank and the urgent need for increased cooperation to prevent further violence.”

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, November 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Price then points to yesterday’s summit in Aqaba, Jordan, which was attended by Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, Egyptian and American officials, during which the sides committed to taking steps in order to de-escalate tensions.

He notes that Israel agreed to hold off on advancing new settlement homes for four months and on advancing the legalization of outposts for six months, but declines to specify what the Palestinian commitments were.

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