Israel to Build New Settler Homes After Deadly Palestinian Terror Attack: Minister

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JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel is to build hundreds of new homes in a settlement in the West Bank where a Palestinian stabbed three Israelis, one fatally, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Friday.

“The best answer to terrorism is the expansion of settlements,” Lieberman wrote on Twitter, announcing 400 new housing units in the Adam settlement north of Jerusalem a day after the deadly stabbing.

The teenage attacker snuck into the settlement on Thursday evening, the Israeli army said, stabbing three people before being shot dead.

The army named the man who died as Yotam Ovadia, 31, with Israeli media saying he had two young children.

The attacker was later identified by official Palestinian media as Mohammed Dar Youssef, 17, from the village of Kobar.

The army said Friday it had questioned a number of his family members and suspended their work permits.

In a statement Hamas, which runs Gaza, praised the “courageous operation” without claiming responsibility for it.

“The West Bank is ready and able to avenge the blood of the martyrs.”


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