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PM vows Israel will capture terrorists in deadly West Bank shooting

‘We’ll ensure justice is served,’ Bennett says; Defense Minister Gantz says troops to go on high alert following attack near outpost

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is a breaking news editor at the Times of Israel.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem, on November 29, 2021; Security forces work at the scene of a shooting attack near Homesh in the West Bank, on December 16, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi; Hillel Meir/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem, on November 29, 2021; Security forces work at the scene of a shooting attack near Homesh in the West Bank, on December 16, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi; Hillel Meir/Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett vowed to capture the gunmen who opened fire on an Israeli car outside a settlement outpost in the northern West Bank on Thursday night, killing one man and injuring two others.

“I send heartfelt condolences to the family of the person killed in the horrific attack that took place tonight in Samaria, and a speedy recovery to the wounded. The security forces will get their hands on the terrorists very soon and we’ll ensure that justice is served,” Bennett said in a statement.

Two other victims sustained light and moderate injuries from broken glass and were taken by ambulance to Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israeli security forces would go on high alert after the shooting, which took place along the road near the settlement of Shavei Shomron and the Homesh illegal outpost, west of Nablus.

“We will increase our vigilance and readiness to thwart terror in Judea and Samaria, and will continue to take any measures necessary in facing terror groups in the area,” he said, using the biblical term for the West Bank.

Gantz expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased. He was later named as 25-year-old Yehuda Dimentman, who lived in Shavei Shomron, and was a student at a yeshiva in Homesh. He is survived by his wife and a young child.

Yehuda Dimentman. (Courtesy)

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev, who in recent weeks faced criticism from pro-settlement ministers and right-wing opposition lawmakers for bringing up the issue of rising violence by West Bank settlers against Palestinians, called the shooting a “severe attack.”

“Palestinian terrorism rears its ugly head again,” Barlev tweeted, adding a Psalms verse reading: “I will pursue my enemies and destroy them, and I will not return until they are consumed.”

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev arrives for a visit in the southern city of Rahat, on December 6, 2021. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said Israel would use “all measures” at its disposal to capture the “despicable terrorists.”

“I support the IDF and the security forces who face violence and terror day and night. They will get their hands on the killers and those who sent them,” Lapid added.

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, “We strongly condemn the terrorist attack today in the West Bank that killed an Israeli citizen and wounded two others. Our thoughts are with the victims of this attack and their families.”

The past few weeks have seen a rise in Palestinian terror attacks, with four taking place in Jerusalem alone, including a deadly shooting committed by a member of the Hamas terror group.

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