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December 24, 2013 8:44 am

Israeli Worker Shot and Killed by Gaza Sniper (UPDATE)

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The border between Israel and Egypt. Photo: Yonatan Ilan via Wikimedia Commons.

A 22- year-old Israeli working on the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip was shot and killed by a sniper firing from within Gaza this afternoon. The worker was fixing damage caused by the recent storm in Israel.

An Israel Air Force helicopter was called in to evacuate him, and he was taken to Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva for treatment. He later died of his wounds. IDF forces have launched searches for the shooter.

The incident is the fourth terrorist attack against Israelis in the past 48 hours.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu promised a strong response as he addressed the incident from the Southern Israeli town of Sderot.

“This is a very severe incident, and we will not let it go unanswered. Our policy until now has been to act beforehand and to respond in force and this is how we will act regarding this incident as well,” he said.

In June 2012 a worker was killed in a similar attack.

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  • Ella Shishler

    Where’s the strong retaliation of our LEADERS of yore. This is a Jewish neshomo/protector of Israel that was killed. This CANNOT be tolerated and DRASTIC ACTION must be taken IMMEDIATELY to prove to our enemies that a) Every Jewish soul is precious and b)that for even ONE Jewish soul such acts DO NOT GO UNPUNISHED.

  • JoshuaBecher

    Once the murderer is convicted they should be executed immediately with out getting a chance to be freed in exchange for a redicules promise or deal that r never kept

  • HaDaR

    Until Israel uses air force and artillery to destroy empty buildings and bomb empty fields, it will not change.

    We are dealing with a population of genocidal maniacs that voted well over 70% for Hamas; a population that’s no different except in language from the Germans of 1933-’45.

    It’s time to bomb them out of their madness and miserable genocidal mindset.
    I am thinking Dresden, Hamburg, Berlin… Where people with the same mindset and genocidal desires lived, until the R.A.F and the U.S.A.F. put an end to their madness.

    Just thinking that a LIAR like Peres twenty years ago was selling the B.S. that they had recognized Israel (while actually the Oslo accords were NEVER APPROVED BY THE PLO!) makes my blood boil.

  • Capturing murderers and imprisoning them has proven no deterence to further acts of murder. Acts of kindness and understanding towards murderers wins no friends and lessens no antisemitism. On the other hand, executing those convicted seems to encourage young Moslems to seek martyrdom.
    If the Elders of Zion are so smart then let them prove it by defeating the Sufis and Ayatollas at the game of propaganda by which these murderers are created. At the onset of the Nuclear Era, propaganda is not a harmless parlor game. The world needs leadership in a new direction. Can Israel supply it?

  • nelson marans

    The Palestinian Arabs, whether located in Judea and Samaria or Gaza, have been getting away with murder with the approval of Fatah and Hamas. The Israeli response has been muted, but certainly increased economic restrictions in the absence of military action is he least that can be done.
    Nelson Marans

    • Shmuel Mendelsohn

      The approval of Fatah and Hamas? The approval of the United States, the UN, the EU and the New York Times just to name a few!

  • Horatio

    Watchu mean? Posting too quickly? You, maybe, should not administrate at all if you think you deserve to behave like a censor. Four murders in 48 hours … you should be howling in rage instead of preaching like a dried out professor. Have you no soul?

  • Sol Bleiweis

    Where are all the BDS groups now. I guess Jewish lives are of little concern to them. How morally indefensible their position is. Nothing has changed since the Shoa which was to eliminate us. Am Yisrael Chai

    • Horatio

      Reply to Sol:

      Take it from us: You gotta stop saying such things as “I guess Jewish lives are of little concern to them …” because it reinforces the view that jews are resigned to being slaughtered like sheep. This resignation, so to speak, is taken by Israel’s euroid and arab antagonists as proof of a Jewish self-indulgence and passivity; certain to bring on even more attacks. If Israel’s leadership believes passivity and laziness can be rationalized as “maturity” then let Shimon Peres and old Olmert and Barak be sent to the front lines where they can risk their own skins instead of decent Israelis.