Netanyahu: 'Enlightened Nations' Should Condemn Palestinian's Murder of Israeli Teen

After 13-year-old is stabbed to death inside her Kiryat Arba home, prime minister says Israel will revoke work permits for relatives of the Palestinian assailant.

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Netanyahu and Lieberman in May 2016.
Netanyahu and Lieberman in May 2016.Credit: Emil Salman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Thursday's terror attack in the settlement of Kiryat Arba that left a 13-year-old dead, and urged "enlightened nations" to do the same.

Calling the attack in the Kiryat Arba settlement "a horrifying murder of a young girl in her bed," Netanyahu said it "underscores the bloodlust and inhumanity of incitement-driven terrorists that we are facing."

13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist in her settlement home, with her family. Credit: Courtesy

Netanyahu called an emergency security consultation with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, where they ordered a lock down of Bani Na'im, hometown of attacker Mohammad Tra'ayra, 19, who was shot and killed by a civil guard at the scene. 

Israel has also revoked hundreds of permits issued to Tra'ayra's relatives by the Civil Administration. 

The prime minister further threatened to "revoke the work permits from all members of his clan" and put in motion plans to demolish the terrorist family's house.

"The entire world needs to condemn this murder just as it condemned the terrorist attacks in Orlando and Brussels," Netanyahu said.

"I expect the Palestinian leadership to clearly, unequivocally condemn this vicious murder and take immediate action to stop the incitement."

"Enlightened nations must join in this demand and pressure the one who heads the incitement that leads to the murder of children in bed, " Netanyahu said.

Tra'ayra broke into the Kiryat Arba home and stabbed to death 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel as she slept in her bed. He was then shot by local security guards, one of whom was stabbed by the assailant. Ariel's funeral will take place at 6 P.M. in Hebron.