BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that the home of Omar al-Abed would be punitively demolished after the 19-year-old Palestinian stabbed and killed three Israeli settlers on Friday, as several Israeli officials called for the death penalty to be imposed on al-Abed.
Al-Abed was shot and moderately wounded after breaking into a home in the illegal settlement of Halamish in the central occupied West Bank and carrying out a stabbing attack
that killed Yosef Salomon, 70, and his adult children, Chaya, 46, and Elad, 36, and left Salomon’s wife Tova seriously wounded.
During Sunday’s security cabinet meeting, Netanyahu denounced the killing of the Salomons at the hands of “a beast incited by Jew-hatred,” adding that “the home of the loathsome terrorist will be demolished as soon as possible.”
Netanyahu fast-tracked punitive home demolitions in an effort to “deter” attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals since the beginning of a wave of violence across the occupied Palestinian territory in late 2015, despite past recommendations by an Israeli military committee that the practice did not deter attacks.