Mother of 3 Executed By Arab Terrorists In The Southern Hebron Hills

by Micha Gefen

Tragedy again struck Israel, when terrorists opened fired yesterday on a Jewish car in the Southern Hebron Hills killing Batsheva Nigri, 42 of Beit Haggai. The shooting also severely injured the driver Aryeh Leib Gottleib, but left Nigri’s 12 year old daughter who was sitting in the back unscathed.

Nigri, who was originally from Efrat and also worked as a kindergarten teacher there, was buried in the Kfar Etzion cemetery after the funeral began in Beit Haggai.

In her eulogy, Nigri’s sister, Eliya, said she was “the most special sister I could have.”

“You were full of light, with a pure heart. You were a true inspiration. I miss you and am crushed,” she said. “All your life, you overcame every difficulty and proved how much strength you have.”

“Everywhere you went, you lit up the place. You were contagious with your energy and joy for life,” she went on, promising to “stay strong and take care of mom, Eli [Nigri’s spouse] and your sweet children.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Gallant both blamed Iran for the violence. However, other ministers urged a change in strategy. Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich is putting forth a plan to strengthen communities in the region in a way not seen before as a direct response to the upsurge in terror. He sent a letter to cabinet members explaining his intention on presenting his plan.

“Last week, we distributed for your comments the government plan for strengthening the settlements of Judea and Samaria.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich is rushing through his plan to expand West Bank settlements and legalize dozens of outposts in the wake of a series of deadly terror attacks in recent days.

Smotrich sent a letter to Ministers informing them of his intent to present his plan to the cabinet this week and encouraging them to submit any comments or additional plans of their own, according to Channel 12, which obtained a copy of the letter on Monday.

“Last week, we distributed for your comments the government plan for strengthening the settlements of Judea and Samaria. In the wake of the two terrible terrorist attacks this week, we request to bring the plan to the cabinet this upcoming Sunday.”


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