military terrorist wing, the Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades, claimed responsibility for the murder of two Israelis who were hiking in the area of Hebron. A woman who was traveling with the two men managed to escape with her life during the gun battle, in which one of the attackers was immediately killed.
“Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki strongly condemned Friday’s shooting attack near Hebron which claimed the lives of two IDF soldiers on leave, Private Ahikam Amihai (20) and Sergeant David Rubin (21). “The group that carried out the attack seeks to sabotage peace negotiations and the Palestinian Authority’s plan to increase security in the Palestinian territories,” he was quoted as saying by Israel Radio on Saturday.
Malki added that severe steps would be taken against those responsible for the terror attack. The two Israelis were hiking through the hills outside Hebron with another woman when they were approached by a jeep carrying several Palestinian gunmen, who opened fire on them, security forces said. The woman fled and hid while the other two, who were armed, returned fire.”
The PA can issue its empty condemnations all day long, they’re meaningless words meant to lessen the Israeli response, nothing more. Until the Jews of Hebron feel as safe as the Arabs in Nazareth, the conflict is far from being over. More here. *L* KGS
Update: Ynet reports that the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad have claimed responsibility for the attack. More here.