NEW DELHI: Defiance against any form of challenge has been a hallmark of Israel’s existence. And it is defiance that was once again at the forefront as Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid highlighted in the face of the latest terror attack.
At least three people were killed and three others are seriously hurt in a terror attack in the central Israeli city of Elad on Thursday night.
The attack came at the end of Israel’s Independence Day. According to eyewitnesses, two terrorists attacked several people with an axe and a knife at a central park and a nearby road in the largely ultra-Orthodox city.
The three slain victims were identified as Yonatan Habakkuk, Boaz Gol and Oren Ben Yiftach. They are all in their 40s. Two of the injured victims are aged 60 and 35. Another 40-year-old male was moderately wounded while a 23-year-old male who fought with the terrorists was conveyed in mild condition to the hospital.
“Sad Morning. My heart is broken. Sending warm condolences to the families of the murdered…Terrorism will not defeat us. We are strong even on this difficult morning,” Lapid said.
“Terrorists cannot scare us. The security forces will catch the killers and the conspirators and prosecute them. We will continue to fight together for our independence and the security of the citizens of Israel,” the minister added in a statement.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held a security consultation meeting with his Defence Minister, the Foreign Minister, the Public Security Minister, the Israel Police Inspector General, the ISA Director, the Mossad Director and some other Israeli officials on Thursday night.
“Our enemies have embarked on a murderous campaign against Jews wherever they are. Their goal is to break our spirit but they will fail. We will get our hands on the terrorists and those who aid and abet them and ensure they pay the price. I offer my deepest condolences to the families of those who were murdered,” PM Naftali Bennett said.