Calling Abbas at end of Ramadan, Netanyahu pledges to find Molotov attackers

PM sends PA president greetings on Eid al-Fitr holiday, vows to catch perpetrators behind attack that injured six Palestinians

Yifa Yaakov is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday evening, the eve of Eid al-Fitr, to send his Palestinian counterpart greetings on the holiday marking the end of the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan.

According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu then pledged once again that “all efforts would be made” to bring to justice the perpetrators of a molotov cocktail attack that injured six Palestinians in a taxi near the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin on Thursday night.

On Friday, Netanyahu sent a message to Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in which he said that he sees the incident as “very serious,” and is committed to finding those responsible. Netanyahu added that he will “closely follow the medical treatment received by those who were injured” and offered to extend whatever additional assistance may be necessary.

According to Army Radio, Shin Bet agents entered Bat Ayin early Friday morning and interviewed several young right-wing activists, between the ages of 13-18, who live in the settlement and are suspected of involvement in the attack.

Philip Podolsky and Asher Zeiger contributed to this report.

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