We woke up this morning to the news that Jews had killed Muhamad Abu Khdeir and had failed to kidnap another boy a day earlier. These Jews do not represent Israel. They do not represent Jews. They do not represent the Orthodox community or the Sephardi Orthodox Community. They do not represent even their own families. They represent themselves and they are murderers of an innocent young man.
We are saddened, angered, and sickened by their actions.
Prime Minister Netanyahu speaking about the deaths of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali, said that:
I would like to send my condolences to the Abu Khudair family. I pledge that the perpetrators of this horrific crime, which must be resolutely condemned in the most forceful language, will face the full weight of the law. I know that in our society, the society of Israel, there is no place for such murderers. And that’s the difference between us and our neighbors. They consider murderers to be heroes. They name public squares after them. We don’t. We condemn them and we put them on trial and we’ll put them in prison.
And that’s not the only difference. While we put these murderers on trial, in the Palestinian Authority, there is continuous incitement for the destruction of the State of Israel. It’s a staple of the official media and the educational system.
This is an asymmetrical conflict. We do not seek their destruction; they teach a very broad segment of their society to seek our destruction. And that must end. There is too much suffering. There is too much pain.
We do not differentiate between the terrorists and we will respond to all of them, wherever they come from, with a firm hand. We will not allow extremists from wherever they come to ignite the region and shed more blood.
From all across the political spectrum, there have been condemnations. Naftali Bennett of the right wing Jewish Home party said that the killing was “terrible, immoral and anti-Jewish” and argued that the killers should be prosecuted as terrorists.
Yishai Fraenkel, uncle of Naftali, one of the three Jewish teens recently murdered, spoke to the father of Muhamad Abu Khdeir, the murdered Arab boy, that:
There is no difference between those who murdered Muhamad, and those who murdered our children. Those are murderers, and these are murderers. And both must be dealt with to the full extent of the law, and we told him that.
No one is cheering. Blind hatred harms all of us. Let us work for tolerance and peace.