During a Friday condolence call to the Ariel family, whose daughter was stabbed to death a day earlier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to strengthen the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba where the Ariels reside.
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Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian in her West Bank home on Thursday morning. Ariel was sleeping when the Palestinian assailant, identified as Mohammed Tra'ayra, 19, broke into her house and stabbed her, after jumping over the perimeter fence of the Kiryat Arba settlement.
Netanyahu spoke with the 13-year-old's parents and family members, telling them that "we will strengthen [the settlement] here. Aside from combatting terrorism, we will strengthen. I will sit down with the defense minister and we will decide how to strengthen the community," the Prime Minister's Office quoted Netanyahu as saying.
At the end of the visit, Netanyahu said that "to see Hallel's room, to see the blood stains over there near her bed and the clothes of a little girl, it's shocking. And it again reminds us against whom and what we're standing. They want to uproot the rooted, and we will deepen the roots. They will not get us out of here.
"I was impressed with this wonderful family, they won't break its spirit, and not our spirit either. We will deepen the roots," he said.
Netanyahu paid his condolences together with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, a relative of the Ariel family.