Security Official: Terrorists May Have Not Seen the Children

A security official said on Thursday night that the terrorists who carried out the attack in Samaria verified that the victims, Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin, were dead before fleeing the scene.

The official estimated that the terrorists did not see the couple’s four young children in the back of the car, which is why the children were not killed. Another possibility is that the terrorists were rushing to flee the scene before security forces could catch them.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was briefed on Thursday evening following the terrorist attack.

Speaking after the briefing, Ya’alon said, “The murderous attack tonight is a clear continuity of the incitement against the State of Israel and its citizens, and the repeated attempts to carry out attacks.”

“The war on terror requires resolve, an iron fist and patience,” he continued. “We are fighting a bloodthirsty and ruthless enemy, and unfortunately also suffer losses along the way. At this moment the IDF and the Shin Bet are in pursuit of the killers. We will hunt them down and not be silent until we place our hands on the murderers and those who sent them.”