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July 6, 2016 3:05 pm

Israeli Defense Minister to Family of Otniel Rabbi Slain in Palestinian Terror Attack: ‘Self-Preservation Insufficient; Head of Snake Must Be Severed’

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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman paying a shiva call to the family of slain Otniel Rabbi Michael (Miki) Mark. Photo: Har Havron regional council spokesman's office.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman (bottom right), paying a shiva call to the family of slain Otniel Rabbi Michael (Miki) Mark. Photo: Har Havron regional council spokesman’s office.

Israel’s defense minister told the family of a rabbi killed in a Palestinian terrorist attack on Friday that he did not intend to respond passively to the murder, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Wednesday.

“New [Jewish] housing must be built and security [for Israeli citizens] guaranteed,” Avigdor Lieberman said, during a shiva call – the ritual paying of respect during the seven-day Jewish mourning period – at the Otniel home of Rabbi Michael (Miki) Mark, 48, who was gunned down while driving with his wife and two of his 10 children. “Self-preservation is not sufficient; we must sever the head of the snake.”

Mourners and visitors responded with a call for more serious action where combating terrorism and strengthening Jewish settlement in the West Bank is concerned.

Mark’s daughter, Miriam, said, “The answer is not merely stepped-up security and the construction of a few more houses. The answer is the establishment of additional communities, to make it clear to the terrorists that this is our home and we will not budge from here.”

Other family members urged Lieberman to act towards the establishment of a settlement on the spot of Mark’s murder, which occurred on Route 60, approximately nine miles south of Kiryat Arba – the settlement in the outskirts of Hebron where 13-year-old Hallel Ariel was stabbed to death in her bedroom by a Palestinian terrorist on Thursday.

Yochai Damari, head of the Hebron Hills Regional Council – who was present during Lieberman’s visit, called for the restoration of security and settlement expansion. He also told the defense minister about the incessant incitement heard from minarets in the area. “Every Friday, calls to slaughter the Jews emanate from the mosques,” he said, appealing to Lieberman and the government to put a stop to the phenomenon.

Mark, the head of the Otniel Yeshiva, was killed when the family car was attacked by Palestinian gunmen in a white Kia. Mark, who was driving, lost control of the wheel, and the car flipped over, leaving his wife critically injured, and a son and daughter in moderate condition.

On Sunday, as The Algemeiner reported, thousands of mourners attended his funeral, where his children asked that he pray for their mother’s recovery. Later that same day, the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem — where Havi Mark was hospitalized — announced that she had regained consciousness, after being in a medically induced coma, and that her condition had stabilized.

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  • Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can not be treated just where it is visible – every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed.

    When a poison strikes the human body, the only way to address it, is to remove it and destroy it completely. That is the way the terrorist organizations should be treated.

  • If you feel it is moral to express your sympathy for those Arabs who colonized and occupy all but a sliver of land in the Middle East, those who stone women to death, execute gays and rape little children? Those who kill people indiscriminately, suicide bombers, teach hate and violence to their children! If you believe that making Judaism illegal in every Arab country is OK? Really? The Arabs have also forced most Christians out of their countries. You leave me no choice then, but to assess you moral indignation as meaningless lawless revolting and vile. I laugh in astonishment at what hypocrites and naked bigots you are.

  • Jay Manne

    Let’s suppose if you will, a scenario as such…. Attacks on Jews within Israel reach a critical mass. However, in this scenario, instead of bulldozing the family home of the terrorist, the Israelis bulldoze the entire village where the terrorist comes from? Village by village, town by town…. leaving no stone unturned. We are being backed into a corner in this war of attrition are we not? So then, what will happen. The world will hate Israel? The Arabs will hate Jews more? Obama will sanction Israel by denying her new weapons? People, it’s ALREADY happening as we speak…. I like this Lieberman…. Cut off the head of the snake….. Let that be that…. I will only mourn for the Israelis who are lost in a conflict….

  • judorebbe

    Netanyahu and other Israeli “leaders” need to take a few lessons from the Genghis Khan School of International Relations … Particularly, summed-up by his best known quote: “I an the flail of God. Had you not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.”

  • nat cheiman

    Avi Lieberman is 100% correct. CUT THE HEAD OFF THE SNAKE

  • robert


    Achai Yisroel, Drishath Shalom B’Shem ha’Rahaman

    Nothing less than the imprisonment of the family members of the terrorists is acceptable.

    Immediate members of every family now receiving a subsidy from the PA for the murder of Jews must be incarcerated until the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict or their natural deaths.

    RZ ha’Lewi
    1 Tammuz 5776

  • Sonia Willats

    Making press statements every time someone is killed, WHILST THE P.A.=HAMAS continue to incite COLD-BLOODED MURDER.

    This snake is the MEDUSA. It has an endless number of HEADS. You will have to FIND THE ACHILLES HEAL instead. You have to STOP TRYING TO PLEASE THE WESTERN WORLD AND FIND A RESPONSE IN TNACH FROM G^d.

    The Western World has lost the plot a long time ago.

  • This evil has to be drawn out and destroyed. Target the leaders and blow them to bits. There is no use in waiting for the next attack. We must be proactive. Destroy all terror groups and close down all mosques and Islam.

  • Myron Slater

    The terrorists must feel the hand of G-d. Hit them the same way, that they hit the Jewish people

  • YESSSS! Bravo Avigdor Lieberman. As Muslims themselves say – they punch back twice as hard. It’s time Israel did exactly that. It appears to be the only thing that followers of Islam understand.

  • Israel must build at least 100,000 housing units per year in Judea and Samaria for the next 10 years and more. It also needs to build 3 secure superhighway connecting Judea and Samaria to Israel.
    Construct extensive military bases in Judea and Samaria to protect the people and the country.
    Israel also needs to build at least 50,000 housing units per year in greater Jerusalem. Open Atarot airport and a high tech center and more industry, and build many additional roads and secure highways in and from Jerusalem with expanded rail system.
    Israel must also build a minimum of 10,000 housing units in the Galil and 10,000 housing units in the Negev every year for the next ten years and expand the infrastructure, roads and highways. They have to expand industry and commerce to enhance the desire of people to live in the Galil and the Negev.
    Construct military bases and local agencies in Judea and Samaria to protect and help the people and the country.
    YJ Draiman
    P.S. The Arabs have already an Arab Palestinian state which is on Jewish land over three times the size of Israel, east of the Jordan River; it is called Jordan where 80% of the population are Arab Palestinians and the Arabs in Judea and Samaria have a Jordanian passport.
    Oslo accords are null and void. Israel must dismantle the Arab PA and include Judea and Samaria as a continuous part of Israel. Transfer Arab population to Jordan, Gaza and to the homes and the 120,000 sq. km. the Arab countries confiscated from the Million Jewish families they expelled who now reside in Israel.

    Muslim land has 99.9% of pie in the ME. Jewish land has less than 0.1%. Over a million Jewish families terrorized expelled kicked out of Muslim land – and all their assets confiscated including businesses, homes and over 120,000 sq. km. of Jewish owned land for over 2,200 years. (they now live in Israel) with no possibility of return So though we have every legal and moral right to have one Jewish state in the world on Jewish historical land on Jewish terms given that it is ok for Muslims and Christians to have the overwhelming majority of the rest of the world. Why do we have to justify to the world every square inch of our ancient land because Muslims and Christian Europe has a long history of trying desperately for centuries to find every which way to violently and or politically make us Jews disappear. Does any really sane person believe that Hamas and ISIS and Fattah and Hezbollah will go away whether we give up land or reclaim ancient historical land? The hatred and desire to eliminate us is obviously unaffected. Who are you kidding with the diplomatic nonsense – those who pretend to be idiots or are idiots. Israel will dictate the terms whenever it is right for them to do so. That’s it, plane and simple. A 100% committed ally would get this as clearly as its own name; but the only 100% ally is ourselves so we keep on doing the dance; and building a Jewish country one step at the time; while protecting our people and our heritage.

  • A state of emergency must be declared.
    Israel Army must seal all movements by Arabs and go on a massive hunt for terrorists and their supporters look for weapons and tunnels.
    No more money to the Arab PA and start arresting and deporting anyone committing and or inciting terror and violence.
    The next step is for Israel is to start expelling and evacuating Hebron and replaces the Arabs with Jewish people in the City of Hebron the second holiest city in Judaism.
    Hebron since the 1500’s has had attacks on Jews.
    It is time to put an end to it, even if you have to expel the whole city.
    Let the Arabs know, Israel means business and not just talk. Actions speak louder than words.
    The Oslo Accords are null and void. Abbas stated as such at the UN last year.
    YJ Draiman

  • Isahiah62

    “Self-preservation is not sufficient; we must sever the head of the snake.”

    head of several snakes need removing…
    where is our JUDITH?

  • Yaakov

    The problem is that, when you cut off the head of the snake, many more grow in its place (not that snakes have anything to do with terrorism). That is not the path to security for Israel.