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Netanyahu: Terrorists Won’t Drive Us Out

PM Netanyahu visits family of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, July 1, 2016 (Photo: Amos Ben Gershom, GPO)

A day after 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel was murdered in her sleep by a terrorist, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited her family's West Bank home. The Times of Israel reports that Netanyahu told Hallel's family that neither their spirit nor the spirit of the Israeli people will be broken:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel on Friday paid a condolence visit to the family of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, the 13-year-old girl murdered Thursday morning by a Palestinian terrorist as she slept in her home in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba.

“We will strengthen this place,” Netanyahu told the grieving family as he vowed that terrorism would not drive Israelis out of their homes. “Apart from the fighting, we will make it stronger. I will sit with the defense minister and we will decide how to strengthen the community.”

Speaking at the end of the visit, Netanyahu expressed horror at the sight of the blood-stained room in which the girl was killed, and vowed that terrorism would not drive Israelis out of their homes.

“To see Hallel’s room, to see the blood stains next to her bed and the books and clothes of a small child, this is shocking,” Netanyahu said. “It reminds us again who we are facing. They want to uproot what has been planted and we will deepen the roots. They will not make us leave here. I was impressed by this splendid family. Their spirit will not break and neither will ours. We will deepen the roots..."

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