Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday condemned the terror attack that killed three members of one family in the West Bank settlement of Halamish on Friday.
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"This is an act of terror perpetrated by a beastly person, based in unfathomable hatred," he said in a statement released by his bureau.
"The security forces are doing everything in their power to maintain security, and will use all the necessary means to do this," he added.
The prime minister expressed "deep sorrow over last night's murder," the statement said.
President Reuven Rivlin expressed his sympathies to the grieving family and to all of the residents of Halamish on Saturday. "It is the duty of the entire world, the duty of leadership wherever they are in the region and the world, to denounce the terrorism and incitement and to cooperate with the State of Israel in the war against it. Anyone who does not denounce terrorism collaborates with it," the president said.
The Israeli family was having a festive Shabbat dinner to celebrate a new addition to the family when a 20-year-old Palestinian from the neighboring town of Khobar entered the house armed with a knife. One of the women present rushed the children into a room, called the police and hid. Meanwhile the intruder stabbed four members of the family. He was stopped by a neighbor, an off-duty soldier, who heard the shouting, rushed over to the house and shot him.
The victims are a husband and wife in their 60s and their son and daughter who were in their 40s.