Yerushalayim (TPS) – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinian Authority Saturday to condemn the terror attack in Yerushalayim in which a female Border Police officer, 23-year-old Hadas Malka, was stabbed to death.
“The Prime Minister demands that the Palestinian Authority condemn the attack and expects the international community to do so too,” a statement from his office said.
Following the combined shooting and stabbing attack in which the three Palestinian terrorists were shot dead by security forces, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah party condemned what he called, “the crimes of the occupation against three young Palestinians.”
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Fatah’s reaction proved there was no partner for peace on the Palestinian side.
“The thundering silence that refuses to condemn terror coming from the Palestinian Authority, and Fatah’s message that Israel murdered three ‘innocent’ men, both prove there is no partner on the other side,” Liberman said.
Two attacks took place around 7:30 p.m Friday night in the vicinity of Yerushalayim’s Old CIty. In one attack, two terrorists shot at a police patrol and attempted to stab the officers. The two were shot dead by police. In the second incident, a terrorist stabbed Malka as she and her patrol heard the shooting and ran toward the scene of the first attack. Malka suffered critical injuries and was taken to Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital where she died of her wounds. The assailant was shot dead by police.
Malka’s funeral was due to be held overnight Motzei Shabbos in Ashdod,
Following the attack, the IDF made several arrests Saturday in the village of Deir Abu Mash’al some 24 kilometers west of Ramallah, where the three terrorists hailed from. The three were identified as Adel Hasan Ahmad Ankoush,18, Baraa Ibrahim Salih Taha, 18, and Osama Ahmad Dahdouh, 19.
Meanwhile, Israeli security sources dismissed claims by Islamic State that it had carried out the attack, saying that it was more likely the work of a local cell. ISIS had issued a statement saying the attack had been carried out by the “Lions of the Caliphate.”
However, Hamas, while not taking responsibility for the attack, said it had been carried out by one of its members together with two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a secular left-wing group.
The PFLP said Taha and Dahdouh belonged to the group and lauded them as “heroes of the Palestinian people who acted to defend the rights of the Palestinian people with unrivaled courage.”