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Israeli Couple Killed in Front of Their Four Children in Drive-By Terror Attack

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The scene of Thursday night's terrorist attack in Samaria. Photo: United Hatzalah.

The scene of Thursday night’s terrorist attack in Samaria. Photo: United Hatzalah.

An Israeli couple was shot and killed in front of their four children Thursday night in the West Bank, in what appears to have been a drive-by terrorist attack.

According to reports, the family was driving near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik when their vehicle came under heavy gunfire from a moving vehicle.

Magen David Adom paramedics who arrived at the scene found Eitam and Na’ama Henkin from the settlement of Neriya, both approximately 30 years old, with bullet wounds to their torsos.

The children – aged nine, seven, four and a four-month-old baby — were examined by MDA medical personnel near the Itamar junction, not far from the site of the attack on the family’s car. It was determined that they were not injured physically and did not require hospital care.

“It was a very difficult scene,” MDA paramedic Boaz Malka, one of the first to arrive on the scene, told the Times of Israel. “We saw a vehicle in the middle of the road, and a man in his thirties lying next to it with wounds in his upper torso. Inside the car sat a woman in her thirties, also with severe wounds to her upper torso. They were without any signs of life, and unfortunately we were forced to pronounce them dead at the scene.”

The IDF said Israeli security forces are searching the area for suspects.

Responding to the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Palestinian incitement.

“It has been proven again that the wild Palestinian incitement leads to acts of terrorism and murder such as we have seen this evening,” he said from New York, where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly earlier today.

“This is a difficult day for the State of Israel,” he continued. “We are witness to an especially heinous and shocking murder in which parents were murdered, leaving four young orphans. My heart is with the children, all of our hearts are with the children and the family. The killers knew that they were murdering a mother and father, the children were there.”

Netanyahu said he would be speaking shortly with leading Israeli officials and vowed to take steps “not only to apprehend the murderers but also to increase security for all Israeli citizens.”

President Reuven Rivlin released the following statement:

Tonight, bloodthirsty murderers claimed the lives of a mother and a father, leaving their young children orphaned. The heart breaks at the magnitude of such cruelty and hatred.

We will continue in our brave and unwavering fight against this cruel and heinous terrorism — of this our enemies can be sure. This is our duty, and the only way we can ensure the right of the orphans who lost their parents tonight, along with the right of all our children and grandchildren, to live with security and in peace, everywhere in the Land of Israel.

We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured children — our hearts and thoughts are with them.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog was also quick to respond to the news. “The murder in Samaria is reprehensible and very painful. I share in the family’s grief and in the community’s mourning,” he tweeted.

Ministers Uri Ariel and Naftali Bennett also blamed Palestinian Authority incitement for the attack.

“The Palestinian leadership is responsible for the horrific murder; it’s the killing of Jews because they are Jews,” Bennett said. “It has to be said clearly: This is the end of the era of the Palestinian state.”

“This murderous occurrence which orphaned four little children is the direct result of Abu Mazen’s litany of lies last night at the United Nations,” said Ariel. “The responsibility is his and he must answer for it.”

However, MK Tzipi Livni, the former justice minister who was appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lead the negotiations with the Palestinians, condemned the attack. She said that while the entire country is mourning the couple and devastated for their now-orphaned children, the incident should not be used as a political tool.

Hamas praised the double murder, and called on activists in the West Bank to carry out additional terrorist attacks.

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  • Mordecai Ben Natan

    Amazing, but this was not reported on CNN, BBC, Skye, or AlJazera, Please correct me if I am wrong.
    But when an Arab is killed, then the whole world is up in arms against the Jewish state.
    Amazing how the news always reports “a Jewish settler”. But the Islamic terrorists are “innocent “victims of Israeli aggression”

    Time for Israel to realize that they are in the middle East, surrounded by savage evil bastard

    Time for Israel to introduce the death penalty for terrorism and murder.

    • Martin

      When Minister Bennett says this is the end of the Palestinean state, then Israel does not believe in the right for Palestineans to exist either. Goes both ways and is the truth behind whether Israel believes in a Palestinean state or these people’s right to exist side by side Israel.

    • I live on the edge of Europe Ben Natan and not one single news media outlet reported this atrocity. I find it absolutely heinous Israel is always portrayed as a terrorist nation. Let us hope Putin escalates the war in Syria right across the middle east and finally wipes out the lies and deceits coming out of all Islamic middle eastern nations. It is time the West did away with Kerry and Obama and the EU needs to get a grip. I will remember the family in my meditations.

  • Fred

    I find Tzipi Livny’s remark most hypocritical. The defensive attitude does her no credit in face of such brazen murder like any other murder committed by Palestinians is nothing but political murder what else ??
    There should be a more effective response , as political murder is encouraged by Abbas & co. These in turn feel encouraged by the ineffective UN and the even less effective EU presided by Obama’s weakness to condemn effectively.

  • tracey

    What makes me so mad is that all over the world is always all about the “poor oppressed Palistinians”, nonsense look at what they are capable of. Did this couple ask to be murdered and their small children left behind, not even able to fend for themselves, not mentioning the emotional trauma they will have to live with for the rest of their lifes. Get them troops and make an example of them.

  • Phillip Hicken

    Any murder is senseless

    • Marty Erann

      Yes, Phillip Hicken and Tzipi Livni. Any murder is senseless; but some are more disgusting and horrific than others. If you cannot tell the difference, I feel sorry for you.

  • The time has come for systematic peaceful civil disobedience, to close down the PLO office in DC, until and unless the PLO and the PA condemn the cold blooded murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin.

    The PLO office in DC operates under a special waiver from the US government, since the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which operates under the PLO, remains an organization designated by the US as a terrorist enity.

    Location of the PLO office in DC:

    Warmest Regards,

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    Division for the study of Palestinian Arab Anti-Semitism

    Nahum Bedein Center For Near East Policy Research

  • Lauren Goldman

    Abbas will probably make a case to the UN stating that this terrorist act was due to the Jews’ incitement by driving on a road near Beit Furik. It is past time to arm all Israeli Jews and to never take a terrorist alive. Why everybody is avoiding actually saying that the third intifada is underway, seems odd. If the White House even acknowledges this act of terror, there will most likely be the usual undertone of how Israel is partly to blame for it.

  • Bernard

    What will the world say if or when a revenge attack occurs, prompted by such murders?

    Shame on the lip service paid by them and their sympathisers of all nations.

  • Maybe it’s time to get rid of MK Tzipi Livni! I say use all tools against murders (Hamas) and only one state solution and it is called Israel!

    • What is wrong with my comment! I believe in on e state and give nothing to murderers except punishment! Is anything wrong with that? Hamas is made up of murderes!

  • Recently a guard standing at the entrance to the Synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark, was shot to death by a bewildered terrorist; and with him a brave person, who in vain tried to disarm the murderer.
    The State of Denmrk was almost turned upside down. The Prime Minister appeared at the scene of the crime The papers, the Danish TV etc. etc. regretted and condemned the misdeed.
    Anti-Semitism in The Kingdom of Denmak ? NO ! The problem is much worse. We are afraid, we are passive on-lookers. We are socially, politically, morally cowards, keeping our big mouths shut until something dreadful is taking place at our own doorstep. Then we start yelling. Can’t president Barack Obama help us ? No ! Because he is a coward too !

  • Boris Kapilevich

    It is painful to see every single day terror acts and lost of Jewish life in Israel. Shame on the government that don’t protect own citizens. We say – Never again! But it is only words. In real life of Israel it happens again and again.

  • I hope the criminals are quickly found. They and their families’ income should be sequestered to pay for the care of the orphans they made.

  • Pinchas Baram in Boston

    wait and see, the miserable leftists will say, oh my, now we must really make nice to the Pals, we must really bend over and make peace with them, this incident proves how urgent peace is.

    the right will say, this incident proves we should fight back and fight back hard, these people are mad dogs.. rightists will be called islamophobes and racists. they will then wilt and they will back down. wait and see.

  • M.Feuerstein

    You have the ‘wrong’ pictures- it is NOT the car the world should see- but the traumatized, blood-stained children huddled hysterically in the back of the car. This atrocious crime against humanity should be presented much more clearly to the world. May Ha-shem Bless the little ones, and may their parents rest in peace. But WE MUST FIGHT HARDER AGAINST THIS SUPER-TERRORISM-RIGHT HERE.

  • The Palestinians do not deserve any sympathy. Palestinians must uprooted out of the soil. People may have objection at the government’s policy but why innocent people are targeted? Bible say such subversive element as the ‘Ass’which they have proved true.Ass will not ever transformed themselves. The solution for the peace of Palestine and Israel they both remain at distant and away from face to face. West bank must be removed from Israel is the only solution for the peace.

  • Stan Weitzman

    I am sure Obama will condemn this terrorist act and give his condolences to the Israeli people. I’m not holding my breath.

  • Evelyn Hayes

    There is no right to speech that wrongs. Preaching that kills is criminal. It is time to prosecute those like hitler who incite genocide. The UN is witness to the words of Abbas incitement to kill He is guilty of mass murder and so are the inciters in the mosques.
    Murder ordered, sanctied,incited is primary.PROSECUTE. Yes, oslo was never a peace plan but a war crime using abbas big lies.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    And so it begins again. The murders, the car bombs, the homicide bombers.

    When do we react and stop them dead in their tracks. You can’t be nice to them not when they are weaned on hatred and destruction from the time they are born.

    Stop giving them medical care. 90% of Hadassah patients are Arabs and the Jews are paying for them.

    They should start disappearing just like Sharon did in the ’50’s.

  • ART

    Where are Obama/Kerry/Hillary to condemn this double murder? Where are the EU bigots to condemn this murder? They are silent yet again. They all consider plans for building an apartment in Jerusalem as a serious obstacle to peace but the murder of Israelis is not even news worthy. Jewish lives are less important than graffiti Bunch of hypocrites . Where is the UN where is HRW Amnasty International?
    Obama?Kerry/Hillary should be calling abbas out on this denouncing his incitement

  • Veni-Vidi-Agati

    A poll showed that 44% of Texans owns guns and there isn’t very much news about killing in Texas. What would happen if 44% of the Jews in Israel owned guns? Just saying….

  • Patti Zentara

    And the UN will say nothing?
    As usual…the UN a hotbed of jihadists.
    And most of the UN in hiding when Bibi talked.
    Must have all been on their prayer rugs!

    An outrage!

    Palesttinians have no right to Jewish land.
    They are killers, thieves and a threat to humanity.

  • Karen Y.

    The incident didn’t take place anywhere near Israel’s “west bsnk”, unless this media outlet is run by goyim or leftist self-hating Jews who try to further Israel’s delegitimization of land rights & right to exist. Something the Nuttenyahoo govt thinks they have a monopoly on.

    • Patti Zentara

      Read other Israeli sources…like Arutz Sheva.!

      I assume you know they are at odds with the current and past admins
      of Israel.

      They have to operate offshore as the Government of Israel is not happy
      with journalists who oppose them,

  • Jacqueline Rosen

    Eliminate Hamas !

  • Now that the Arab-Palestinians officially abandoned the Oslo Accord, which they never intended to abide by anyway. It is time to expel all the Arab trouble-makers and take back full control of Judea and Samaria aka West Bank and Temple Mount. Return the 2nd holiest Jewish City Hebron to a Jewish majority and provide proper safety and security, stop the ghetto mentality and exercise the NEVER AGAIN with real actions on the ground.
    UN resolutions are only a recommendation if both parties do not accept it and abide by it, it is null and void and has no meaning whatsoever. The only thing that is valid is the international law and treaties from 1917-1922 and the 1919 Faisal Weizmann agreement which states that all of Palestine is for the Jewish people, while the Arabs received over 5 million sq. miles of territory. The Arabs slaughtered the Jews, beheaded the men and raped the women and took them as slaves, in Medina 1500 years ago and took over the long established Jewish city that predates Islam by a thousand years. This conduct by the Muslims is common even today.
    YJ Draiman

  • My heart is broken to learn of such a heinous crime. Please, PM Netanyahu take every effort to catch the murderers and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.

  • The time has come for systematic peaceful civil disobedience, to close down the PLO office in DC, until and unless the PLO and the PA condemn the cold blooded murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin.

    The PLO office in DC operates under a special waiver from the US government, since the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which operates under the PLO, remains an organization designated by the US as a terrorist enity.

    Location of the PLO office in DC:

    Warmest Regards,

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    Division for the study of Palestinian Arab Anti-Semitism

    Nahum Bedein Center For Near East Policy Research

    5 Fairhill RD. EDISON N.J. 08817

  • alan ash

    baruch dayan haemet .
    it is time to start fighting back . kill or be killed . they want us all dead .

    • Patti Zentara

      You are so right. We do not fight back. Just kvetch while Israeli blood flows.

      Israel always needs volunteers to support the IDF. I am sorry I
      missed my chance to go ten years ago. Can you go?

      Don’t expect Al Jazeera to cry over this or CNN. Those are pro_ Arab
      Read Israel mews, only.

      Obama only is upset if an Arab dies, preferably a Muslim.

      His own pastor, the maniacal Jeremiah Wright said that Jesus was a
      Palestinian. Obama is out to destroy Israel and the USA.

  • siftet

    Level.The. Village.


  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Let me guess, Obama is scolding the Jews over this??