19-year-old As’sad al-Rifai and 20-year-old Emad Subhi Abu Shqeir, both from Rumana in the Jenin area in the Northern Samaria region were caught after a four day manhunt. They are wanted in the brutal murder of three Jews in Elad.
The two “palestinian” terrorists admitted to security personnel that caught them that they carried out the murders, which involved knifing and axing their victims to death.
The three victims in the deadly attack on Thursday were identified as 40-year-old Yonatan Habakuk, a father of five, 40-year-old Boaz Gol, a father of five and 35 year-old Oren Ben Yiftach a father of six from Lod. Together they left behind 16 children.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the following upon catching the terrorists:
“We said we would get our hands on the terrorists, and so we did.”
He continued: “We are at the beginning of a new stage in the war on terror – it is impossible to incite and rest. You can not throw a match and run away. The greatest task of the Israeli government is to restore personal security to the citizens of Israel. I instructed the National Security Council, in coordination with the Defense Ministry to present to the government an orderly and budgeted plan for the establishment of a national guard, by the end of the month. I want to make it clear here that there is not, and will not be, any political consideration when it comes to the war on terror.”